May 25, 2016

Elderly fall victim to Net trouble via smartphones: white paper

Consumer consultation centers across Japan received a record 90,893 inquiries about smartphone-related services in fiscal 2015, the government said Tuesday, pointing in particular to problems experienced by elderly people. Over the past year through March, the number of inquiries pertaining to smartphones shot up ...

Hospice choirs provide peace and comfort

May 24, 2016

Hospice choirs provide peace and comfort

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The singers enter single file, taking slow, deliberate steps as they intone a soft melody. Norman Doelling, an 85-year-old who recently suffered a stroke, is there waiting, an audience of one, eased into a recliner in the home where he has lived for decades ...

A Tokyo stock picker watches his nation age

May 11, 2016

A Tokyo stock picker watches his nation age

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It’s an early weekday morning in Tokyo and the Japanese pub is already filled with a boisterous clientele, mostly pensioners. Sitting among them is Kengo Kuzuhara, taking notes. The 41-year-old wants to know how his elders spend their cash, as he runs a stock ...

Japan's revised insurance law leads to raft of new policy options

Apr 21, 2016

Japan's revised insurance law leads to raft of new policy options

There is strong demand for new inexpensive, short-term insurance plans, ranging from landlords’ death coverage to medical policies for foreign tourists. Sendai-based Prevent SAST Insurance Co. offers a legal-expenses plan named Mikata. It was introduced in response to increasing numbers of people seeking legal ...