Tag - aging



Japan Times
Jun 22, 2022
The fertility crisis started in Japan, but it won’t stay here
A declining population and plummeting fertility rate isn't a unique Japanese phenomenon. All rich countries will contend with this crisis.
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JAPAN / Society
May 31, 2022
Life in the shopping 'slow lane' helping older residents stay independent
Although best-practice retail strategy focuses on getting as many customers through a store as quickly as possible, with rapidly aging populations a slow lane offers a community service.
Japan Times
LIFE / Lifestyle
May 2, 2022
At 119, she was a symbol of how to live with wit and vitality
Kane Tanaka, who died in Japan last month, survived two world wars, the 1918 influenza outbreak, paratyphoid and two rounds of cancer.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Apr 19, 2022
Scientists question data behind an experimental Alzheimer’s drug
Studies linked to Cassava Sciences, once a stock market favorite, have been retracted or challenged by medical journals.
Japan Times
Apr 9, 2022
Japan's Eisai still seeking accelerated U.S. review of Alzheimer's drug
The firm said it plans to seek a quick approval even after the Medicare health plan decided to limit coverage of medicines approved in that manner.
Japan Times
Mar 28, 2022
With government push, data takes root in Japan's senior care industry
A new system aggregates information on physical abilities and reports on the status of patients' care, but some worry their individual needs will end up being disregarded.
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JAPAN / Science & Health
Mar 25, 2022
Tokyo care center operator helps elderly people with dementia find fulfillment through work
Takayuki Maeda was once treated as an anomaly among social workers, but now government rules and standards are catching up.
Japan Times
Mar 14, 2022
In graying Japan, more companies are making efforts to hire elderly workers
At present, around 675,000 people age 70 or over are working, a figure that has more than doubled over the past four years.
Japan Times
Mar 7, 2022
Thailand bids to avert 'population crisis' as birthrate crashes
While Thailand's demographic path is similar to other Asian economies, as an emerging market relying on cheap labor, the implications are far more profound.
Japan Times
Mar 3, 2022
The game of life, reimagined for a superaging society
In Community Coping, players are tasked with preventing communities from collapsing by connecting troubled residents with the right experts.
Japan Times
Feb 23, 2022
How to get hired if you're an older worker
The median retirement account balance for older workers in the age of COVID-19 is $15,000, which means it's likely many of those workers are looking to jump right back into the labor pool.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Feb 3, 2022
In Japan, a thousand digital eyes keep watch over the elderly
The surveillance programs offer the promise of protecting those in cognitive decline while helping them retain some independence, but they have also evoked fears of authoritarian overreach.
Japan Times
Jan 18, 2022
Japan must restore trust in the future among the young — here’s how
According to the Cabinet Office, just 38.8% of Japanese youth are either satisfied or fully satisfied with the state of the country compared with 57.8% in the U.S. and 56.9% in England.
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BUSINESS / Companies
Nov 25, 2021
For aging Japan, a cooker that makes chicken as soft as butter
The invention by two Panasonic Corp. engineers is designed to help people with swallowing difficulties.
Japan Times
Nov 23, 2021
China’s record-low birthrate confirms population challenges facing Beijing
The new figures show population growth in the world's No. 2 economy is slowing dramatically, with some demographers estimating it could start falling as soon as this year.
Japan Times
Nov 22, 2021
A new source of fuel in an aging Japan: adult incontinence
Waste from adult diapers is growing by tens of thousands of tons a year in Japan. One town may have a solution: recycle it into fuel pellets.
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JAPAN / Society
Nov 2, 2021
Dementia patients find purpose through work in Japan
Programs matching older people with 'paid volunteer' jobs encourage self-reliance and give a sense of satisfaction, according to one industry insider.
Japan Times
Sep 21, 2021
107-year-old Japanese identical twins recognized as world's oldest
Sumiyama and Kodama were born on Nov. 5, 1913, on Shodo Island, Kagawa Prefecture, as the third and fourth of a total of 11 siblings.
Japan Times
Sep 14, 2021
Japan's tally of centenarians hits record 86,500 — and women account for 88% of them
The number of centenarians as of Sept. 15 represents an increase of 6,060 from a year earlier, marking the 51st consecutive year of rise.
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JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Sep 2, 2021
Former elite bureaucrat gets five years for 2019 Tokyo crash that killed two
Kozo Iizuka, 90, was found guilty of running a red light after mistaking the gas pedal for the brake, killing a mother and daughter and injuring nine others.


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