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Japanese firms offering more end-of-life services as population ages

Amid Japan’s rapidly aging population, a burgeoning industry is targeting families expecting a death in the near future. Services on offer range from seminars on funerals and inheritance arrangements to a board game that prepares players for the financial implications of age-related decline. With more and more elderly Japanese living ...

Aichi winery helps mentally disabled make a living

Sep 24, 2016

Aichi winery helps mentally disabled make a living

How can people with intellectual disabilities stand on their own feet? A winery in central Japan could be the answer. About 40 such mentally disabled people are working at Komaki Winery in the city of Komaki in Aichi Prefecture, with their duties ranging from ...

Ministry to direct railways to let electric scooters onboard

Sep 16, 2016

Ministry to direct railways to let electric scooters onboard

The transport ministry plans to instruct railways to revise a regulation so that seniors and people with disabilities can bring their electric scooters onto trains, ahead of the Tokyo Paralympic Games in 2020. According to the revision, only those who have purchased or borrowed ...