Tag - aging



Japan Times
Jun 28, 2016
CEO taps monk training to shine way for driverless taxis
Hisashi Taniguchi used a sabbatical from developing software for driverless taxis and drones to take a pilgrimage to a Buddhist temple in western Japan. He shaved his head, donned black robes and studied to become its leader.
Japan Times
Jun 25, 2016
A confused, senile future awaits Japan
Confucius said: "When your parents are alive, serve them according to ritual. When they die, bury them according to ritual, make sacrifices to them according to ritual."
Japan Times
Jun 22, 2016
Behind China's one-child policy is a growing army living alone
In her chic Beijing studio, 26-year-old Summer Liu relaxes on a sofa, admiring the pink vase she keeps full of fresh flowers. In the eastern city of Jining, Hu Jiying, 81, sits on an old bed that's scattered with clothes, towels and half a bag of snacks, worrying about the cost of her medicine.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Jun 14, 2016
'Corpse hotels' offer dignity for the dead as Japan's crematoriums struggle to keep up
Packed among houses and small factories in a semi-industrial area of Kawasaki, Sou Sou resembles a regular hotel. How it differs is that it serves the dead.
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.


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