Silver Shoplifters Steal Rice as Abe Cuts Welfare to Trim Debt

Silver Shoplifters Steal Rice as Abe Cuts Welfare to Trim Debt

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Unemployed homeless people sit in a park in Tokyo. Japan’s social welfare spending rose to a record 103 trillion yen ($1.02 trillion) in the year ended March 2011, about 22 percent of gross domestic product, according to the IPSS.