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Changes in Number of People Receiving Welfare (Public Assistance) in Japan

In 2014 December, approximately 2.2 million people received the public assistance money from the Japanese government. The number of people receiving the public assistance money is increasing year by year. The following shows the changes in numbers of people receiving welfare (public assistance) in Japan, 1953-2014. 

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Year Number of persons
1953                1,922,060
1954                1,881,687
1955                1,929,408
1956                1,775,971
1957                1,623,744
1958                1,627,571
1959                1,669,180
1960                1,627,509
1961                1,643,445
1962                1,674,001
1963                1,744,639
1964                1,674,661
1965                1,598,821
1966                1,570,054
1967                1,520,733
1968                1,449,970
1969                1,398,725
1970                1,344,306
1971                1,325,218
1972                1,349,000
1973                1,345,549
1974                1,312,339
1975                1,349,230
1976                1,358,316
1977                1,393,128
1978                1,428,261
1979                1,430,488
1980                1,426,984
1981                1,439,226
1982                1,457,383
1983                1,468,245
1984                1,469,457
1985                1,431,117
1986                1,348,163
1987                1,266,126
1988                1,176,258
1989                1,099,520
1990                1,014,842
1991                  946,374
1992                  898,499
1993                  883,112
1994                  884,912
1995                  882,229
1996                  887,450
1997                  905,589
1998                  946,994
1999                1,004,472
2000                1,072,241
2001                1,148,088
2002                1,242,723
2003                1,344,327
2004                1,423,388
2005                1,475,838
2006                1,513,892
2007                1,543,321
2008                1,592,620
2009                1,763,572
2010                1,952,063
2011                2,067,244
2012                2,135,708
2013                2,158,643
2014                2,165,091

The next data shows the changes in the ratio of people receiving welfare per 1,000.

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Year Ratio of persons receiving welfare per 1000 residents
1953                             22.1
1954                             21.3
1955                             21.6
1956                             19.7
1957                             17.8
1958                             17.7
1959                             18.0
1960                             17.4
1961                             17.4
1962                             17.6
1963                             18.1
1964                             17.2
1965                             16.3
1966                             15.9
1967                             15.2
1968                             14.3
1969                             13.6
1970                             13.0
1971                             12.6
1972                             12.7
1973                             12.4
1974                             11.9
1975                             12.1
1976                             12.0
1977                             12.2
1978                             12.4
1979                             12.3
1980                             12.2
1981                             12.2
1982                             12.3
1983                             12.3
1984                             12.2
1985                             11.8
1986                             11.1
1987                             10.4
1988                              9.6
1989                              8.9
1990                              8.2
1991                              7.6
1992                              7.2
1993                              7.1
1994                              7.1
1995                              7.0
1996                              7.1
1997                              7.2
1998                              7.5
1999                              7.9
2000                              8.4
2001                              9.0
2002                              9.8
2003                             10.5
2004                             11.1
2005                             11.6
2006                             11.8
2007                             12.1
2008                             12.5
2009                             13.8
2010                             15.2
2011                             16.2
2012                             16.7
2013                             17.0
2014                             17.0

Source is National Institute of Population and Social Security Research.

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