30,000 people in Japan unaware they are qualified to receive pensions: survey

An estimated 30,000 people in Japan without pensions are unaware that they are qualified to receive them, a survey by the Social Insurance Agency has indicated.

In many cases pension premium payment records exist while the beneficiaries remain unknown, and there have also been cases in which social insurance offices have told people they are not qualified to receive pensions.

The results of the survey indicate that there are many people who have been left without pensions despite having fulfilled the tough qualification requirement of paying premiums for 25 years in principle.