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POPULATION DECLINE AND AGEING IN JAPAN: THE SOCIAL CONSEQUENCES by Florian Coulmas. Routledge: London, 2007, 167 pp., $150 (cloth)

Florian Coulmas, a longtime contributor to the Japan Times and director of the German Institute for Japanese Studies in Tokyo, packs a lot of information and insights into this slim and pricey volume. He describes Japan’s post-WWI population dynamics and the relentless march toward a “hyper-aged society.” He argues that social aging stems from urbanization, industrialization and modernization, and that it augurs tectonic social consequences.

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