Tag - aging



Japan Times
Jun 11, 2016
No guarantees: the struggle of being old and alone in Japan
Foreign media have been diligently covering Japan's rocky economic road to an uncertain future, but they seem to have missed the recent bankruptcy of Nihon Life Kyokai, a company that provides guarantor services. Though it's only one failure, the Japanese press has paid particularly close attention,...
May 29, 2016
Plenty of blame to go around for the young and older alike
The 50s must be the point where you can no longer blame things on young people and so switch to blaming middle age.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
May 22, 2016
Thailand popular with Japanese retirees but many end up dying alone
In a slum in the outskirts of the Thai city of Chiang Mai, where trash and abandoned cars litter the streets, an 81-year-old Japanese man died of cancer in February.
May 20, 2016
Older Japanese have fewer friends than overseas peers, survey finds
More Japanese aged 60 or older have no close friends compared with their contemporaries in three other countries surveyed, a government poll released Friday said.
Japan Times
May 8, 2016
Media show Kumamoto was woefully ill-prepared for disabled evacuees
It was heartening to see newspapers focusing on the difficulties disabled people face when disaster strikes, but far less heartening to hear what they had to say about the facts on the ground in Kumamoto.
Japan Times
May 2, 2016
Over 15,000 elderly people found using unauthorized nursing homes
A survey finds that at least 15,000 seniors are living in unauthorized nursing homes across Japan, raising concerns about their health and safety.
Japan Times
Apr 22, 2016
Japan's dementia time bomb
The number of people in Japan suffering from dementia will continue to grow, and the government must come up with a new system to cope with the coming crisis.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Apr 7, 2016
Exoskeleton suit mimics life's creaks, weaknesses at 85 to boost awareness
With the push of a button, a perfectly healthy 34-year-old museum-goer named Ugo Dumont was transformed into a confused 85-year-old man with cataracts, glaucoma and a ringing in his ears known as tinnitus.
Japan Times
Mar 28, 2016
Condolences: What to say when there's nothing you can say
In the event of a death, even though there may be nothing you can say that will help the grieving, you have to try. This is a particular challenge in a second language.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Mar 24, 2016
Firms filling needs of graying population's aging pets
As the Japanese continue to age, so do their pets. Improvements in animal rearing and care have seen pets living longer, prompting the creation of new businesses that cater not only to the elderly, but to their animals as well.
Mar 14, 2016
Let's discuss the recent ruling on dementia
The Supreme Court has dismissed the liability of the family of a 91-year-old man with dementia who was killed by a train after wandering onto railway tracks.
Mar 13, 2016
Interaction benefits toddlers and elderly alike
Partnership between preschools and nursing homes have positive implications for rapidly aging countries like Japan and the U.S.
WORLD / Crime & Legal
Mar 10, 2016
Aging gang jailed for England's biggest burglary
A gang of aging criminals that carried out an audacious multimillion pound raid on a safe-deposit business in London's jewelry district last year were jailed Wednesday for their role in the largest-ever burglary in English legal history.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Mar 6, 2016
Aging, indebted Japan debates right to 'die with dignity'
Retired airline employee Tarou Tanzawa said he hadn't thought much about his own death until his 84-year-old mother was diagnosed with malignant lymphoma and decided against costly and invasive life-prolonging treatment.
Mar 4, 2016
Supreme Court's dementia ruling
The Supreme Court provides some peace of mind to people having to look after elderly relatives suffering from dementia.
Japan Times
Feb 11, 2016
Rapidly aging Thailand tells businesses to hire more elderly
Pornsak Bowornsrisuk pulls an umbrella towards him to shield his head of thick gray hair from the blazing sunshine at the Bangkok bus terminal he manages.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Feb 6, 2016
Abuse of elderly by caregivers hits record high in Japan
The number of abuse cases involving the elderly by caregivers at nursing facilities hit a record high of 300 in fiscal 2014, nearly double from 2012.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Jan 27, 2016
Development of care robots growing in aging Japan
A shortage of nursing-care workers in Japan amid a rapidly aging population is accelerating the development and introduction of robots programmed to perform care-giving tasks.
WORLD / Science & Health
Jan 22, 2016
Ranks of U.S. centenarians growing rapidly due to better medical care, healthy lifestyles: report
The number of Americans living beyond their 100th birthday has surged nearly 44 percent since the turn of the century, a U.S. study released on Thursday showed.
Jan 13, 2016
Workers caring for ailing relatives
The government must do so much more than it has to help workers care for their ailing elderly relatives.


Father's Day is said to have come to Japan around 1950, shortly after the establishment of Mother's Day.
The evolving nature of fatherhood in Japan