Oct 1, 2015

Sompo Japan to buy nursing care unit from Watami for ¥21 billion

Major property and casualty insurance group Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Holdings Inc. plans to acquire the elderly nursing care unit of pub and restaurant chain operator Watami Co. for about ¥21 billion, industry sources said Thursday. The insurance group is expected to buy all outstanding ...

Jul 7, 2015

Shortage of nursing care workers

The number of nursing care workers is set to fall short of demand by 380,000 within a decade unless the government takes steps to make the industry more attractive.

For elderly, Robear is a powerful pick-me-up

Feb 26, 2015

For elderly, Robear is a powerful pick-me-up

Forget the frightening androids of dystopian sci-fi, the future of robots is cute polar bears that can lift elderly people into and out of bed. The Robear has a cublike face with big doey eyes, but packs enough power to transfer frail patients from ...

Feb 26, 2015

Elder care givers take on surge in demand


Elder-to-elder nursing care is expanding in Japan due to the aging of care workers. The ratio of elderly workers is rapidly rising in the nursing care sector because young people are unwilling to take on the tough, low-paying work. While care services, including bathing ...