Lawson offers specialized services for elderly customers

Mar 6, 2017

Lawson offers specialized services for elderly customers

A convenience store retailer is adding elderly care support services to several of its stores, motivated by the surge in Japan’s rapidly aging population.While other convenience store chains have added meal delivery services to target older generations, Lawson Inc. has opened service areas that ...

/ Feb 27, 2017

15% of Japan's municipalities see economic improvement

Some 15 percent of municipal governments across Japan saw an improvement in economic conditions in their regions in the last year, slightly exceeding those seeing a deterioration, according to a recent survey by Kyodo News.The survey suggests that a limited number of municipalities have ...

Surviving flamboyantly in a super-aged society

Jun 10, 2015

Surviving flamboyantly in a super-aged society

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The older you get, the more you need to live in the city. Simone de Beauvoir once said that to her biographer, and it’s probably true. As an iconic presence on the streets of Paris until her death in 1986, de Beauvoir showed that ...

Is there life after death for Japan's aging women?

Apr 29, 2015

Is there life after death for Japan's aging women?

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When Katsumi Sakaguchi quit working as a documentary filmmaker in the spring 2008 to look after his mother Suchie, he thought he was doing the right thing. Then 78, Suchie was suffering from what Sakaguchi describes as “mental confusion” following the death of her ...

Feb 5, 2015

Better life for dementia sufferers

The government, which recently adopted a new strategy for measures against dementia, needs to follow through on the idea of ensuring a better quality of life for patients by heeding the wishes of sufferers and their families.

Nov 23, 2014

Foreign workers in demand amid tourism surge

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Demand for foreign workers has been strong in Japan over the past few years as the number of foreign tourists rises and an increasing number of domestic companies aim to expand their business abroad.Since its establishment in 2004, Globalpower Inc., a Tokyo-based staffing agency ...

/ Sep 26, 2014

In praise of what looks like China's new norm

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Based on the rising share of labor's national income, the decline in global demand, the aging population, rapid urbanization and education dividends from younger workers, China's annual growth rate over the next decade is forcecast to average 7.3 percent — which would still be ...