Not looking great
Desmond P. sent me a link to this report last year and to my great shame I am only now getting round to writing about it.
It makes for interesting reading, and gives us some data to back up our gut feelings on state pensions.
The report looks at pension systems worldwide, and based on a number of factors ranks them and gives them a grade. Japan is in 26th (out of 27) place, with a score of D.
Some of the things that stood out to me: low scores on 1) amount of household savings and 2) participation in private pension schemes. Basically, people in Japan tend not to save and invest for the future.
Then we have the longevity and demographic factors: people are living longer, and there are fewer young people to pay into the scheme (and a lot of them don't have decent jobs, so they can't pay into the scheme). So I think expecting the national pension scheme here to take care of you in old age is somewhat risky.
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