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Economic journalist Atsushi Terao (寺尾 淳) reports on recent developments in and about the rapid growth of industries trying to meet the demand for senior-friendly homes and care facilities.
Asahi.com’s Hirozaku Suzuki (鈴木洋和) writes about how an amendment to a key law is making life more complex for people with disabilities.
The Mainichi Daily News reports on Google’s accelerating development of their self-driving cars and what it could mean for the aging and people with disabilities.
Medwatch.jp reports on the public’s increasing positivity regarding medical and welfare services in Japan.
In a report for the Hokkaido Shimbun Press, Tomomi Oshino (押野友美) writes about the Hakodate University’s high passing rate of the past few years and how it got there.
For a lot of us, living a long, satisfying life is a good thing. After all, the more time you have on this earth, the more opportunities you get to experience the wonderful and more interesting things in life (with the appropriate amounts of time and effort invested, of course). In Japan, however, it’s not exactly such a straightforward matter, this living to a good old age. In fact, it’s causing all sorts of problems for the country in social, political, and economic senses.
Let’s look at seven of the more… unique facts that Japan’s aging population has wrought.
Japan’s population is aging faster than any other country's in the world. In just a little over 20 years, the number of Japanese citizens aged 65 or older roughly doubled. Comparatively, it took Italy 65 years to achieve the same result, Sweden, 85 years, and France, 115 years. According to a recent estimate, over 33% of Japan’s population is now over 60 years of age, and current projections look to see this increase.
Japan has the most number of people aged 100 years old or older in the world. One in five of the planet’s centenarians can be found in Japan, and 87% of these are women.
At one point, sales of adult diapers outnumbered the sales of baby diapers. This happened in 2014. Before that, the number of elderly people surpassed the number of children in the country back in 1997.
Old people in Japan watch a lot of TV. A lot more than young people, in fact: on the average, the elderly watch about 5-and-a-half hours of television each day, while young adults watch just an average of 2-and-a-half hours of TV daily.
The fastest growing age group in Japan is also the oldest: centenarians. One report puts the number at 13% annually.
Some industries have really old workers. A third of all construction workers are aged 55 or older, and the average age of a Japanese farmer is 70. Back in the 80’s and 90’s (and in looking at a bigger economic picture), many companies increased the retirement age from 55 to 60 and even 65, but that may not be enough – according to a study by the United Nations, Japan’s retirement age actually needs to be 77.
There is a clock counting down to the date when Japan will only have one child remaining. Economists at the Tohoku university apparently call it a countdown to national extinction; you can watch the current, active countdown here.
Things look pretty bleak for Japan’s population, the more you look at it. At the very least, Japan is taking a highly proactive approach to their issues with and due to their aging population; it remains to be seen how effective and fruitful their efforts will be. Japan in general is hoping that positive results come sooner rather than later. In this particular case, only time will truly tell.