Oct 19, 2016

Nearly one-fifth of U.S. drivers are over 65 years old

Nearly 1 in 5 American drivers is over 65 years old, the government says, thanks in part to the aging generation of baby boomers and greater longevity overall. Preliminary data from the Federal Highway Administration also show there are more drivers than ever before, ...

Oct 5, 2016

Finance Ministry wants Japan's elderly to foot more medical costs

The Finance Ministry proposed Tuesday that elderly people bear more medical expenses depending on their incomes to ensure fair sharing of the country’s ballooning medical costs. In its proposals presented at a meeting of the Fiscal System Council, an advisory panel to the finance ...

Sep 29, 2016

Japan's medical costs hit record ¥40.8 trillion in fiscal 2014

Japan’s medical costs in fiscal 2014 grew 1.9 percent from the previous year to ¥40.81 trillion, hitting a record high for the eighth straight year, the health ministry said. Per capita expenses rose 2 percent to ¥321,100, extending a record-breaking advance also to an ...

Japan's shrinking population not burden but incentive: Abe

Sep 22, 2016

Japan's shrinking population not burden but incentive: Abe

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Japan’s aging, shrinking population was not a burden, but an incentive to boost productivity through innovations like robots, wireless sensors and artificial intelligence. Abe’s comments on Wednesday came days after official data showed that Japan has 34.6 million people ...

Japanese aged 65 or above hit record 34.6 million

Sep 18, 2016

Japanese aged 65 or above hit record 34.6 million

The estimated number of people aged 65 or over in Japan stood at a record high 34.61 million as of last week, accounting for 27.3 percent of the total population, according to an Internal Affairs Ministry survey. The number of men 65 and above ...

Sep 12, 2016

G-7 health chiefs vow to boost dementia care measures

Health ministers from the Group of Seven industrialized countries agreed Monday to boost dementia care measures amid the rapid graying of societies, as they wrapped up a two-day meeting in Kobe. Representatives from Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United States and the ...