Jul 29, 2014

NTT West plans Net exercise video targeting elderly

Nippon Telegraph and Telephone West Corp. will start Friday providing Internet video services showing gymnastic exercises that can help the elderly avoid physical problems. In the video, members of the idol group LinQ originating from Kyushu will engage in the exercises. The video feed ...

Talking dolls seen as salve for elderly isolation

Jul 16, 2014

Talking dolls seen as salve for elderly isolation

Talking dolls are gaining popularity among elderly people who live alone and may help stave off mental decline. “After spending about a month with this boy, I started to feel affection for him and cannot leave him alone,” said Nobu Komatsu, 86, who lives ...

Jul 11, 2014

Japanese firms near crisis point as labor shortage deepens

Japan’s labour shortage is nearing crisis in some key industries as it spreads from construction to services, curbing companies’ operations, pushing up wages and potentially crimping a tentative recovery in the world’s third-largest economy. Airlines, retailers, truckers and restaurant chains are being forced to ...

Jun 16, 2014

85-year-old Japanese man arrested for stalking woman, 80

Police have arrested an 85-year-old man in Wakayama Prefecture for allegedly stalking an 80-year-old woman he reportedly met when she shared a hospital room with his now-dead wife. Takeo Nitta, of Hashimoto, allegedly left several telephone messages on the woman’s answering machine in November, ...

May 25, 2014

Tokyo Olympics turning into big party for scammers

The Consumer Affairs Agency is urging people to beware a growing number of investment scams capitalizing on the hoopla over the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The agency warned that more consumers are being deceived by such pitches as, “Why not buy bonds for the construction ...

Getting past the stigma of dementia

| May 24, 2014

Getting past the stigma of dementia

by Philip Brasor

Last April, the Nagoya High Court ordered a 91-year-old woman in Obu, Aichi Prefecture, to pay ¥3 million in compensation to JR Tokai for disruption of service after her husband was struck and killed by one of the company’s trains. The man, who was ...

May 21, 2014

Caring for dementia sufferers

Steps must be taken to minimize hazards for the nation's growing number of elderly people with dementia and to ease the burden on their families.

Fix population problem by helping families

| May 17, 2014

Fix population problem by helping families

by Philip Brasor

For the past 18 months, media outlets in Japan and abroad have looked approvingly upon Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s efforts to improve the country’s economic future through proactive measures dubbed “Abenomics.” The goal is to spur inflation so that companies can make more money ...