In Japan a growing number of people have become concerned about their lives after retirement. The problem, however, is more debilitating in North Korea where the social welfare system for the elderly is completely broken.
According to the Socialist Labor Law, 500 to 1500 Won are granted to the elderly as a retirement pension. As of October 2016, the price of rice (1 kilogram) is around 4500 Won. A monthly pension for the elderly is equal to only 100 to 300 grams of rice. This has caused the elderly to continue working well into old age, taking jobs such as running businesses or farming, in order to earn cash to survive. (Paek Chang-ryong)
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