Nov 17, 2016

High-income elderly in Japan urged to pay more health care costs

A Finance Ministry panel urged the government Thursday to make elderly people with higher incomes pay more for medical treatment as part of efforts to improve fiscal discipline amid Japan’s rapidly graying society. “In pursuit of restoring fiscal health, the biggest challenge is the ...

Grannies stay young through cheerleading

Sep 18, 2016

Grannies stay young through cheerleading

Strutting her stuff in a gold-hemmed mini-skirt, white leather boots and shaking silver pom-poms, octogenarian Fumie Takino has discovered her elixir of youth — cheerleading. Takino and her troupe of spirited grannies tweak the nose of old age, even if their rambunctious routine to ...

Japanese aged 65 or above hit record 34.6 million

Sep 18, 2016

Japanese aged 65 or above hit record 34.6 million

The estimated number of people aged 65 or over in Japan stood at a record high 34.61 million as of last week, accounting for 27.3 percent of the total population, according to an Internal Affairs Ministry survey. The number of men 65 and above ...