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Japan's looming benefit cuts an undercurrent in Sunday's polls

Social welfare spending accounts for a third of 96 trillion yen budget and rises by about one trillion yen annually


HIROKO Shinohara frets about one issue Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has noticeably avoided on the campaign trail ahead of Sunday's election: the need to cut Japan's generous social welfare programme that supports millions of people.

"I hope my own pension is OK, but I need to