Tag - aging



Women make up 56.6% of Japan's elderly population, numbering 20.5 million compared with men, who stand at 15.7 million.
JAPAN / Society
Sep 18, 2023
People age 80 and over top 10% of Japan's population for first time
Women make up 56.6% of Japan's elderly population, numbering 20.5 million compared with men, who stood at 15.7 million.
Japan's oldest person Fusa Tatsumi (center) is greeted by Osaka Gov. Hirofumi Yoshimura (second from right) in Kashiwara, Osaka Prefecture, in September 2022.
Sep 15, 2023
Number of centenarians in Japan hits record 92,139
The number of those aged 100 or older as of Friday was up 1,613 from a year earlier for the 53th consecutive annual rise.
Nihon Coffin showcases its products at Endex Japan 2023, an annual funeral and cemetery exhibition that was held at Tokyo Big Sight from Aug. 29 to 31.
Sep 4, 2023
End-of-life companies look to innovate as Japan's deaths keep rising
A record 1.57 million people died in 2022, up from 1.25 million in 2012, and facilities to store dead bodies are becoming increasingly scarce.
Sen. Mitch McConnell appears to freeze up for more than 30 seconds during a public appearance before he was escorted away, the second such incident in a little more than a month, after an event with the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce in Covington, Kentucky, on Wednesday.
WORLD / Politics
Sep 2, 2023
Mitch McConnell may be experiencing small seizures, doctors say
Two episodes, where the Republican senator froze and did not respond to some questions, may be symptoms of a serious illness.
Centenarian Tomoko Horino (center) poses for a photo in Fukushima on Monday after she was recognized by Guinness World Records as the world's oldest beauty adviser.
JAPAN / Society
Aug 22, 2023
Japanese centenarian becomes world's oldest beauty adviser
Tomoko Horino has been working as a commissioned saleswoman for Pola for more than 60 years.
Various services are currently offered to the elderly who live alone, including assistance with shopping, hospital visits, acting as personal guarantors and handling belongings after death.
JAPAN / Society
Aug 7, 2023
Government warns of contract disputes in private services for elderly
With little oversight and aging customers facing dementia, the internal affairs ministry seeks to prevent fraud.
People use umbrellas and parasols to seek relief from soaring temperatures while waiting to cross a street outside Tokyo's Shinjuku Station last week.
JAPAN / Science & Health
Aug 5, 2023
Japan marks hottest day of year as mercury hits 40 C
The record temperature was marked in Date, Fukushima Prefecture, as a heat wave continues to scorch much of the country.
An apartment building construction site in Sumida Ward, Tokyo, on July 19. Officials at Daito Trust Construction, which oversees the building project, say heatstroke dangers are a top concern given their aging workforce.
ENVIRONMENT / Climate change
Jul 30, 2023
In Japan, extreme heat and an aging population are a deadly mix
Heat waves combined with high humidity are weighing particularly heavily on the nation’s 36 million people age 65 and over, who are at much greater risk of severe illness and death.
An elderly couple at a shrine in Tokyo in 2020
JAPAN / Science & Health
Jul 28, 2023
Japan's average life expectancy continued to fall in 2022
The decline for both men and women were "largely due to the COVID-19 pandemic," a ministry official said.
Foreign workers take notes during a meeting at a nursing care facility operator in Nagoya.
JAPAN / Science & Health
Jul 24, 2023
Ministry panel starts talks to ease foreign care worker rules
The panel of experts will examine whether to allow foreign workers to engage in home-visit care services, currently not permitted partly due to concerns about language barriers.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Longform
Jul 10, 2023
In Japan, plenty of inheritances, but no one to claim them
With deaths outpacing births by 2-to-1, dealing with the assets of the deceased is both a growing business and an administrative nightmare.
Japan Times
Jul 8, 2023
27% of nursing homes in Japan face bankruptcy due to price hikes, survey finds
The nationwide survey found that over 90% of facilities have been affected by price increases.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Jul 7, 2023
Eisai Alzheimer's drug gets full U.S. approval, widening access to the therapy
The broader clearance from the Food and Drug Administration marks a milestone for treatment of the dementia that afflicts some 6 million Americans.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health / FOCUS
Jul 4, 2023
Expectations grow for Alzheimer's drug in Japan, but hurdles remain
Lecanemab could be approved in the country as early as fall, but more specialist doctors and a patient screening system would be needed for widespread use.
Japan Times
Jul 3, 2023
Can we cure dementia before it starts?
Octogenarian and biologist Leroy Hood is trying to make the Elizabeth Holmes-ian dream of preventive medicine come true.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society / Longform
Jun 26, 2023
Inside Japan’s oldest village
With a median age of 68.4, Nanmoku is at the forefront of the nation’s battle against the gray wave.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Jun 22, 2023
Dementia-related missing person cases doubled over past 10 years
A total of 18,709 people with dementia were reported missing in 2022, up 6.1% from the previous year.
Japan Times
Jun 18, 2023
Japan looks to bridge digital divide between young and old
With some 20 million older citizens estimated to be unfamiliar with how to operate smartphones and other digital devices, classes are being offered in collaboration with cellphone companies.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health
Jun 15, 2023
Parliament passes law aimed at supporting people with dementia
The health ministry expects the number of people with dementia in Japan to reach 7 million by 2025.
Japan Times
Apr 20, 2023
Panasonic 'smart town' attracts well-heeled Chinese retirees
Facilities in the town's condos include toilets that can assess body fat and heart rate, as well as take and analyze urine samples.


Historically, kabuki was considered the entertainment of the merchant and peasant classes, a far cry from how it is regarded today.
For Japan's oldest kabuki theater, the show must go on