Tag - aging



WORLD / Science & Health
Jun 4, 2015
Wondering how long you have? Simple score gives 5-year death risk
Health researchers have developed a scientifically rigorous death risk calculator that predicts a person's risk of dying within five years and say they hope people will use it to improve their health.
JAPAN / Science & Health
May 29, 2015
Japan grapples with ¥14.5 trillion dementia costs
In its first detailed estimate, the health ministry puts the overall cost of treating dementia at u00a514.5 trillion, with nearly half borne by the sufferers' families.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
May 16, 2015
Is Japan becoming extinct?
The projected drop in the country's population raises some fundamental questions about its political and social future.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health
May 8, 2015
Japanese researchers find drinking coffee reduces mortality risk
People who drink three to four cups of coffee a day have about 40 percent less risk of getting heart, cerebral vascular or respiratory diseases compared with those who barely drink the beverage, according to a summary of findings published online by Japanese researchers Thursday.
Japan Times
Apr 29, 2015
Is there life after death for Japan's aging women?
When Katsumi Sakaguchi quit working as a documentary filmmaker in the spring 2008 to look after his mother Suchie, he thought he was doing the right thing. Then 78, Suchie was suffering from what Sakaguchi describes as "mental confusion" following the death of her daughter from cancer two years earlier...
Apr 17, 2015
Seniors grow to 26% of population as Japan shrinks for fourth year straight
Japan's population falls for the fourth consecutive year and people 65 or older now account for a record 26 percent of the total.
Japan Times
Apr 2, 2015
Be kind to live long, world's oldest woman says from Arkansas
The world's oldest person, 116-year-old Gertrude Weaver of Arkansas, believes the key to longevity is treating other people kindly.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Apr 1, 2015
The thankless task of cleaning up the aftermaths of lonely deaths in Japan
In March, the body of an elderly man was found on the floor of his apartment in downtown Tokyo. He had been dead for a month.
Japan Times
Mar 29, 2015
Hell of war reaffirmed joys of the simple life for Okinawan, 102
For a man who once narrowly escaped execution after being forced to dig his own grave, 102-year-old Okinawan Shoko Nagamine is doing remarkably well.
Mar 23, 2015
Saitama prosecutors look to rehabilitate elderly shoplifting suspects
The Saitama Public Prosecutor's Office has created a pilot program to help seniors who have been caught shoplifting as the number of such thefts by those aged 65 and over has surged recently.
Mar 19, 2015
Aging population, reform taking a toll on LDP
Members of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party express alarm that the party's local chapters are showing signs of collapse because of Japan's aging population and the government's proposed agricultural reforms.
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.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Feb 10, 2015
Robots and foreigners are the answer as Japan's population ages, says investor Sawakami
As Japan's population ages and slowly declines, bring in the robots and foreigners.
Feb 5, 2015
Better life for dementia sufferers
The government, which recently adopted a new strategy for measures against dementia, needs to follow through on the idea of ensuring a better quality of life for patients by heeding the wishes of sufferers and their families.
Japan Times
Feb 4, 2015
At age 50, seeing the writing on the wall
At half a century old, I only look forward — to see how much time is left before my clock runs out.
Feb 4, 2015
Readers' letters: bursting bubbles on gaijin life and the Hague child-abduction treaty
A couple of readers' mails in response to recent Just Be Cause columns by Debito Arudou.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Feb 4, 2015
In shrinking villages, abandoned graves are a sign of generational flight
In the nation's declining provinces, it is not only the living who are neglected.
WORLD / Science & Health
Feb 1, 2015
U.S. proposes effort to analyze DNA from 1 million people
The United States has proposed analyzing genetic information from more than 1 million American volunteers as part of a new initiative to understand human disease and develop medicines targeted to an individual's genetic make-up.
WORLD / Science & Health
Jan 29, 2015
'Expensive' placebo beats 'cheap' one in Parkinson's disease: study
When patients with Parkinson's disease received an injection described as an effective drug costing $1,500 per dose, their motor function improved significantly more than when they got one supposedly costing $100, scientists reported on Wednesday.
Jan 28, 2015
Putin could lose key support from pensioners hurt by Russian crisis
For Boris Lisitsyn, Russia's financial crisis means less meat, cheese and sausage — hardships the 86-year-old says won't kill him anytime soon.


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