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The LIAJ made a Recommendation for Greater Opportunity for Insurance Education at Schools in its Report on Enhancement of insurance Education

15 April, 2016

 

The Life Insurance Association of Japan, LIAJ (Chairman: Yoshinobu Tsutsui, President of Nippon Life Insurance Co.) made recommendation for greater opportunity for insurance education at schools in its newly issued report: "The Report on Enhancement of Insurance Education: Recommendation for Greater Opportunity for Insurance Education at Schools."

The LIAJ conducted a teachers’ survey by sending out questionnaire to teachers who are teaching social science (civics) or domestic science, and the report put together the survey results in order to identify current practices and problems that need to be solved regarding insurance education at schools. The report then makes a recommendation for greater opportunity for insurance education at schools.

Recognizing that further aging of the population is expected, we believe that it is crucial to achieve optimal mix of public and private security schemes in improving sustainability of the social security system. We also believe that greater role will be given to the life insurance.

In order to provide future generations with necessary competence to live their life with financial security, the LIAJ will further enhance initiatives regarding insurance education through which they can learn the importance of self-help efforts in financial preparation for their future life security.

<Summary of the Recommendation>

  • ▶  When the social security system is mentioned in the class, it should be ensured that the importance of self-help efforts and the benefit of the function of insurance is also communicated.

  • ▶  More practically, they should be learnt in both contexts of: the study of domestic science that focuses on personal life, and the study of social science (civics) that focuses on social life.

  • <domestic science>

    While the current standard course provides that insurance should be introduced in high school classes as a tool to manage risks in one’s life planning, the course curriculum should be expanded to introduce insurance in the context of the social security system as a tool to prepare for one’s future life security.

    <social science (civics)>

    While the current standard course provides that social security system should be mentioned in junior-high and high school classes, the course should be improved to ensure that the importance of self-help efforts and the benefit of the use of insurance in their financial preparation for their future life security is communicated.

  • ▶  In implementing the above policy, teaching materials or lecturers provided by life insurance sector and other sectors should be recognized and used as appropriate.