Jul 1, 2015

Number of households on welfare in Japan fell in April

The number of households on welfare in Japan decreased 1,534 from the month earlier to 1,620,924 in April, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare said Wednesday. The number of welfare recipients fell 10,917 to 2,163,414. Both figures had risen in March. The number ...

Time to banish old people to the countryside?

| Jun 28, 2015

Time to banish old people to the countryside?

by Amy Chavez

I couldn’t help but gasp upon reading the Japan Policy Council’s new recommendations to help take the aging population burden off Tokyo: “Encourage the elderly to move to the countryside, where the facilities are less crowded and there are more spaces for those needing ...

Jun 15, 2015

Migration of elderly residents

Should the government promote the migration of the greater Tokyo area's elderly residents to rural parts of the country to avert a crisis in welfare services for senior citizens?

Jun 12, 2015

67% of elderly have little or no access to Internet: survey

A total of 67.2 percent of those 60 or older says they have little or no access to the Internet, a government survey released Friday shows. The survey said the ratio of elderly interested in using the Internet was lowest among the oldest respondents. ...