A pension scandal rocking Japan threatens to bring down the ruling party, and it could take PM Shinzo Abe with it. Sixty-four million pension payments—in a country of 130 million—have gone missing, and that's riling Japan's growing gray-haired population. The pensioners may pay Abe back with a vote for the opposition in next month's elections, reports the Economist.
The scandal is creating chaos in Japan, where thousands flooded government-run information booths last weekend to learn whether their pensions were affected. “This is just like a fraud!” one man told the Japan Times after hearing his records were gone. What's more, the meltdown has yet to affect legislators, already under fire for their generous pension packages.