Nami-Ne Took Up an Appointment as a Commissioner of 'Social Security National Council'
I, Nami-ne have newly become a member of Social Security National Council on at Prime Minister Fukuda’s request on January 25th, 2008.
As you may already know in the press, Prime Minister Fukuda has been indicating a willingness to set up 'Social Security National Council' where members from various backgrounds discuss the ideal situation of social security, the role of government administration and the structure of the public's burden in order for the public to be able to grasp the practical image of social security.
"In accordance with the acceleration of demographic aging, we are facing sustainability issues of our social security system underpinning the people' s living such as health care, pension, nursing care, and welfare. We need to reflect on whether the benefits and services of our social security have been provided from the beneficiaries’ standpoints. Now it is the time to pull together the social security system which is sustainable into the future for the safe livelihood of the people by changing our mind-set into the standpoint of the public based on the idea of interdependence." stated Prime Minister Fukuda in his administrative policy speech in the 169th Diet on January 18th. Thus, he positions 'the reestablishment of social security system' as one of key challenges in our government.
Now that we are facing the society with a falling birthrate, I believe that the people themselves need to be proactive in examining the social security system from the beneficiary' s perspective. We need to review the existence of social security including pension, nursing care, healthcare, and welfare, and consider what can be done to build the sustainable system into the future.
I, Nami-ne do not think it is an exaggeration to say that the existence of social security is the expression of the spirit of a country. Now, it is very much a situation in which we can not survive without shifting over the spirit. The slogan of Prop Station, 'Making the Challenged Taxpayers in Japan', shows the true mettle from the public standpoint.
I will proactively speak out at the council with the spirit. The initial meeting has been held at the office of Prime Minister on January 29th.
The members of 'Social Security National Council' (the order of the Japanese syllabary)
Wataru Omori (Chairperson of NPO Community-Care Policy Network, Professor Emeritus at University of Tokyo)
Hiroshi Okuda (Senior Advisor to the Board of TOYOTA MOTOR CORPORATION)
Yoshihiko Oda (Chairperson of Junior Chamber International Japan)
Yoshihito Karasawa (Chairperson of Japan Medical Association)
Toshiko Kanda (Director Gineral of Shodanren Consumers Japan)
Yoshikazu Kenjo (Professor at Faculty of Business and Commerce, Keio University)
Seijuro Shiokawa (President of Toyo University)
Atsushi Seike (Professor at Faculty of Business and Commerce, Keio University)
Tsuyoshi Takagi (Chairperson of Japanese Trade Union Confederation)
Nami Takenaka (Chairperson of Prop Station)
Kiyoshi Nakata (Vice Chairman of Japanese Council of Senior Citizens Welfare Service)
Keiko Higuchi (Chairperson of Women’s Association for the Better Aging Society)
Masago Minami (Senior Editor of Yomiuri Shimbun Tokyo Head Office)
Keiji Yamada (Governor of Kyoto Prefecture)
Hiroshi Yoshikawa (Professor at Graduate School of Economics, University of Tokyo)