Objections to Japan Govt Policy Omitted in Social Security Meeting Minutes

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Tokyo, Nov. 8 (Jiji Press)--Remarks by an influential Japanese business leader that may be taken as objections to the government's stance were omitted from the minutes of the first meeting of a social security reform panel in September, informed sources said Friday.

The omission could be viewed as an act to intentionally hide arguments that are out of step with government policies, potentially raising questions about the approach by the administration of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to communications with the public.

The missing remarks were made by Hiroaki Nakanishi, a member of the government panel and chairman of the Japan Business Federation (Keidanren), the country's largest group of employers, according to the sources.

According to the minutes, Nakanishi said he believes the existing system that cuts or suspends pension benefits for pensioners whose incomes top certain levels should be reviewed carefully, citing fiscal constraints.

The government wants to review the system, which it says is making the elderly less willing to work and make money.

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