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New law cuts support for single mothers

Date Posted: 2002-05-28

Okinawa leads the nation in the number of single mothers as a percentage of the population. According to prefecture officials they currently number over 18,000. A new social security law taking effect from November is now threatening to cut support that these women get by an average of 5,600 per month.

Prefecture social workers calculate that 20 percent of single mothers will face a cut in the support while 540 will receive more. According to the reformed law, a single mother with one child will receive a maximum of 42,360 per month in support. But at the same time, the reformed law lowers the ceiling of the single mother's annual income from 900,000 to 570,000. The support gradually decreases so that single mothers earning 2.3 million per year get 10,000 per month in support. The current limit is 1.9 million. Those who earn more are not eligible.

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