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An elderly care facility run by Choujukai in Suma, Ishikawa Prefecture
Feb 22, 2024
Elderly care facilities in Noto face labor shortages after quake
The quake prompted closures and downsizing efforts, impacting both staff and residents.
Moody’s predicts China's potential economic growth will decline to 3.5% by 2030, with weaker demographics and a graying population being a major driver of the slowdown.
Feb 21, 2024
China’s economic engine is running out of fuel
Moody’s now predicts that China's annual economic growth will fall to 4% in 2024 and 2025, before slowing further, to 3.8%, on average, for the rest of the decade.
Japan's fall to No. 4 in the global economic rankings reflects an aging population and declining resources.
Feb 20, 2024
Japan slips in the global economic rankings: So what’s next?
The IMF has forecast that India will overtake Japan economically in 2026 and Germany in 2027.
Japan is eyeing a system that would make it easier for rental housing owners to lease their properties to elderly people.
JAPAN / Society
Feb 13, 2024
Certification system eyed for rental housing with elderly watch services
For certified rental housing, watch services would be provided mainly by local social welfare corporations and nonprofit organizations.
Shitsui Hakoishi, 107, works with researcher Yasumichi Arai (left) while her younger brother, Hidemasa, looks on. Researchers like Arai believe the healthy and active Hakoishi's cells may hold the secret to living a long life.
JAPAN / Science & Health / Longform
Jan 27, 2024
Living until 100, if not forever, in good health
Immortality may be out of reach, but can a slew of research projects prolong our natural aging process?
Participants take part in a 'senior cafeteria' event at a nursing home in Tokyo's Meguro Ward on Dec. 14.
JAPAN / Society
Jan 21, 2024
‘Senior cafeterias’ gaining steam to support elderly
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government launched a subsidy program this fiscal year for municipalities promoting local dining events.
Paper pulp processed from used disposable diapers
JAPAN / Society
Jan 2, 2024
Graying Japan pushes to recycle disposable diapers to curb waste
The amount of diaper waste grew to 2.2 million tons in fiscal 2020. While efforts are being made to recycle them, high costs remain a hurdle.
Tokyo is the only prefecture whose population is projected to grow from 2020 to 2050, increasing 2.5% to 14.40 million.
JAPAN / Society
Dec 24, 2023
Only Tokyo is expected to see population growth in Japan
Eleven prefectures will each see their population shrink by over 30% amid a falling birthrate.
The government is considering scrapping the idea of expanding the range of older residents who must pay out of their pockets 20% of the costs of elderly care services provided under public insurance.
Dec 19, 2023
Japan to scrap idea of raising elderly care user fees
Many ruling lawmakers have expressed cautious opinions on the proposed expansion.
Members of the Deokjeok High School baseball team during a tournament in Seoul in August
Dec 13, 2023
South Korean island is a field of dreams for young baseball hopefuls
A sports academy in remote Deokjeok has breathed life into the island, which was struggling to retain, and attract, youngsters in the aging nation.
Tomiko Itooka (left) has her photo taken with Ashiya Mayor Ryosuke Takashima during a birthday celebration at her nursing home on May 23.
Dec 13, 2023
115-year-old woman in western Japan becomes country's oldest person
Born on May 23, 1908, in Osaka, Tomiko Itooka is the eldest of three siblings and belonged to a volleyball club during her student days.
The new Alzheimer's drug lecanemab, branded Leqembi
Dec 13, 2023
New Alzheimer's drug to be covered by health insurance in Japan
The drug, to be launched Dec. 20, will cost around ¥2.98 million per year in Japan but patients will only have to pay a limited share.
Fusa Tatsumi in Kashiwara, Osaka Prefecture, in June 2022
JAPAN / Science & Health
Dec 12, 2023
Japan's oldest person dies at 116
Fusa Tatsumi, recognized as Japan's oldest person, died of old age Tuesday.
A 74-year-old man has been arrested in Tokyo for allegedly attacking and cutting off his octogenarian neighbor's left ear with a knife, police said Saturday.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Dec 9, 2023
Man arrested for cutting off elderly neighbor's ear in Tokyo
The suspect admitted to the attack, telling police he did it because she "was noisy."
The government plans to raise the retirement age of drivers of privately owned cabs to 80, from 75 currently, as rural areas in particular suffer from an acute shortage of transportation for the elderly.
BUSINESS / Economy
Dec 4, 2023
Expanding labor shortage pushes Japan to find new ways to fill jobs
Companies have been forced to come up with new ways to find labor and keep their operations running smoothly, sometimes with novel ideas.
A research has found that hexaraphane — a component found in wasabi — helps improve the episodic and working memories of elderly people.
JAPAN / Science & Health
Nov 26, 2023
Wasabi effective in improving memory of elderly: study
In addition to known antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects, new research indicates improvements in episodic and working memories.
The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation's new exhibition lets people experience life with robots.
JAPAN / Science & Health
Nov 22, 2023
Miraikan science museum debuts new permanent exhibition on aging
Visitors will be able to experience various age-related challenges such as blurry vision and heaviness in the legs.
Digital Minister Taro Kono looks at a nursing robot in a day care facility in Tokyo on Oct.18.
JAPAN / Society
Nov 7, 2023
Japan’s aging population to increase burden on nursing care costs
The average annual nursing care cost per capita is estimated to increase 75% to ¥235,000 in 2050 compared to 2019 levels, according to government data.
In some cases, it's up to individual foreign residents to understand the unique tax implications of their home countries and Japan in order to avoid a penny-pinching retirement.
COMMUNITY / How-tos / Age Wise
Nov 5, 2023
Retiring in Japan? Be prepared to foot your own bills.
“In an ideal world, everyone should have retirement planning on their radar as soon as possible when working life begins.”
Suzuki President and Representative Director Toshihiro Suzuki unveils the Suzu-Ride at a press day of the Japan Mobility Show at Tokyo Big Sight in Tokyo on Oct. 25.
BUSINESS / Companies
Nov 1, 2023
New mobility concepts cater to older people's love for the road
The four-wheeled vehicles categorized as "specified small motorized bicycles" can be driven on public roads by anyone 16 or over without a license.


Hideo Shimoju points to a possible site that his fellow neighbors may relocate to. Such relocations have happened before, but not preemptively.
In disaster-prone Japan, some communities consider major moves