Bryant professor takes a look at realities of Japanese welfare

February 18th, 2011 | Providence Journal/PolitiFact

Nicole Freiner, an assistant professor of political science who focuses on Asian politics, helps PolitiFact dispel a widespread chain e-mail assertion that welfare programs have caused more damage to Detroit than the atomic bomb caused to Hiroshima.

Specifically, FreinerĀ  addressed the e-mail assertion that Japan has no welfare programs. Japan, she points out, offers such social welfare programs as social security, pensions, national health care and coverage for unemployment and occupational injuries, and benefits for small children and the elderly. It also provides what many in the United States would define as welfare — financial assistance to those in need.

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