Tag - aging



Japan Times
Apr 19, 2023
For Japan's aging soccer players, 80 is the new 50
After the Tokyo Senior Football Association launched an O-75 division in 2017, an O-80 competition was only a matter of time.
Japan Times
Mar 26, 2023
Japan to raise retirement age of civil servants April 1
The retirement age is set to gradually rise until it reaches 65 in fiscal 2031 in order to address labor shortages and the country's declining population.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Mar 26, 2023
Who will take care of Italy’s older people? Robots, maybe.
The Western world’s oldest population is facing a crisis of caregivers. Some are looking for a little helping, plastic, hand.
Japan Times
Mar 5, 2023
Nontraditional runners are finding their stride online
The organizers of many of running groups that were established to welcome people of various races, ethnicities, life stages or speeds often share a similar story.
Japan Times
Mar 3, 2023
As China ages, investors bet they can beat retirement home stigma
Who takes care of the elderly in China, where pensions are tiny, is one of the major headaches policymakers face as they deal with the start of a demographic downturn.
Japan Times
Mar 1, 2023
Rust belt province got old before it got rich, as much of China will
As China's 1.4 billion population declines and ages, in part because of a policy that limited couples to one child from 1980 to 2015, pressure on pension budgets is soaring.
Japan Times
Feb 22, 2023
Can money turn the tide on global fertility rates?
Japan, the poster child for aging societies, promises radical spending to boost its birthrate. That’s unlikely to fix the issue.
Japan Times
Feb 20, 2023
Walking 5,000-7,000 steps each day is enough for greater longevity, Japanese study finds
Physical activity such as walking is said to improve people's heath and extend their lifespan, but the optimal number of walking steps for Japanese people's longevity remains unknown.
Japan Times
Feb 19, 2023
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, 98, opts for hospice care
Defying illness and death for years, Carter outlasted the two presidents who followed him, becoming the longest-living president in 2019.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Feb 15, 2023
Kishida vows to boost child-rearing budget to 4% of GDP
Japan's public expenditures related to family support stood at around ¥10 trillion in fiscal 2020, accounting for 2.01% of GDP and lagging behind developed European economies.
Japan Times
Feb 2, 2023
‘Tea Friends’: Sex positivity for the older crowd
Bunji Sotoyama’s film about a call girl service for senior citizens is elevated by its frank depictions of elder sex.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Longform
Jan 30, 2023
Reining in Japan’s unstoppable urban sprawl
The world’s most rapidly aging nation wants its shrinking population to concentrate in regional urban centers. However, things aren't going as planned.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Jan 24, 2023
How long can a healthy human live?
The death of the world's oldest person at the age of 118 has reignited a debate that has divided scientists for centuries: Is there a limit to the lifespan of a healthy person?
Japan Times
Jan 19, 2023
A shrinking, aging China may have backed itself into a corner
Mounting population pressures may reveal a government that has not done enough to avoid tough choices in coming decades.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World / The Year Ahead
Jan 9, 2023
Bracing for the silver tsunami
Low fertility rates — in the absence of increased immigration — will reduce the working-age population, in turn lowering household consumption and economic growth.
Japan Times
Jan 8, 2023
As Asian societies age, ‘retirement’ just means more work
Across East Asia, populations are graying faster than anywhere else in the world, and while younger generations shrink, older workers are often toiling well into their 70s and beyond.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Jan 7, 2023
Alzheimer’s drug made jointly by Japan's Eisai wins accelerated U.S. approval
The U.S. has called the drug 'an important advancement in the ongoing fight' against the debilitating disease. But its $26,000 price tag could put it out of reach for many.
Japan Times
Jan 6, 2023
Japan’s business owners can’t find successors. This man gave his away.
Nearly 60% of the country's businesses report that they have no plan for their future ownership.
Japan Times
Dec 28, 2022
India’s looming demographic divide
As it prepares to overtake China as the world's most populous country, India is struggling to harness the economic benefits of its declining mortality and fertility rates.
Japan Times
Dec 24, 2022
Men from Shiga and women from Okayama top Japan life expectancy
At the other end of the rankings, Aomori Prefecture was at the bottom of the longevity list for both men and women, at 79.27 years and 86.33 years, respectively.


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