Jan 17, 2017

Regional gaps found in elderly drivers license return

Elderly drivers in rural areas are reluctant to give up their driver’s license due to a lack of public transportation, a National Police Agency survey has found. Encouraging senior citizens to surrender their license is part of a government strategy to reduce the number ...

Jan 11, 2017

Households on welfare in Japan hit record high for third month

The number of households on welfare in Japan last October increased by 964 from the previous month to 1,637,866, hitting a record high for the third consecutive month, the welfare ministry said Wednesday. The growth, which followed five months of expansion, reflected an increase ...

Poverty turns Seoul seniors into subway couriers

| Dec 17, 2016

Poverty turns Seoul seniors into subway couriers

Cho Yong-moon, 75, spends nine hours a day, five days a week using his free pass on the Seoul subway to shuttle parcels among clothing and jewelry stores. With pension payments falling short of living costs for many of the elderly, he is among ...

Dec 16, 2016

Japan's oldest man, Masamitsu Yoshida, dies at 112

The oldest man in the nation, Masamitsu Yoshida, has died at the ripe old age of 112, the welfare ministry announced. The Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry was informed of the Ota Ward resident’s death on Oct. 29 by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government on ...

Japanese city tags elderly dementia sufferers with barcodes

Dec 9, 2016

Japanese city tags elderly dementia sufferers with barcodes

A city has introduced a novel way to keep track of senior citizens with dementia who are prone to getting lost: tagging their fingers and toes with scannable barcodes. A company in Iruma, Saitama Prefecture, developed tiny nail stickers, each of which carries a ...