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I am saddened to learn that elderly people (over 65) in Japan are living alone and dying alone, and that their bodies often remain undiscovered for days. I feel that senior citizens are the foundation pillars of a country and deserve respect and proper care, not only from their own families but from the state as well.

It is heartening to learn through the press that Japanese authorities have lately taken pragmatic steps to keep up communication with elderly citizens. For example, local authorities are teaming up with the post office and others to check on senior citizens, increase contacts with them, and improve their lives. As in any other developed country, life in Japan has become too fast and self-centered. I can still remember the Japanese popular morning drama serial “Oshin,” which depicted very aptly how family members shared joys and sorrows.

Even here in Bangladesh, where single-family households are becoming more and more common, elderly family members are being deprived of proper care and companionship.

I would like to extend my sincere love and greetings to the elderly people of Japan, wishing that their lives become as bright as the Kadam, the charming flower of Bangladesh’s rainy season.

The opinions expressed in this letter to the editor are the writer’s own and do not necessarily reflect the policies of The Japan Times.

m. zahidul haque

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