The population of Japan is aging rapidly. The proportion of working age people to Japan’s entire population is also sharply declining. By 2050, it is expected that one in every three persons will be 65 years old or over. Japan has launched a variety of progressive programs including a universal long-term care insurance program, an extension of the mandatory retirement age and formed community based support groups for people with dementia. The for-profit sector has also taken the initiative by generating products and programs catering to seniors.
“From Japan Now” aims at disseminating information concerning aging in Japan to journalists, researchers, students, corporate executives, and policy makers. It focuses on the impact of population aging on ordinary Japanese which has not hitherto received significant attention in the mass media or scholarly publications outside Japan.
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