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Can Freelancing Cure Loneliness? Creating Replacement Families In Japan
In Japan, it's possible to hire replacement family members - freelance actors - to reduce the loneliness of being alone.
Jun 19, 2019 06:59 UTC Read More

Japan has world's lowest proportion of working-age people, UN report says
While the ratio is falling worldwide, Japan stands out with just 1.8 people aged 25 to 64 for each person aged 65 or over.
Jun 18, 2019 07:00 UTC Read More

Japan's Cabinet OKs new program focused on dementia 'coexistence and prevention'
The Cabinet on Tuesday approved a new program for dementia that focuses on prevention and helping patients with the illness live more comfortably.
Jun 18, 2019 07:00 UTC Read More

Gov't unveils measures to prevent car crashes caused by elderly drivers
The Japanese government announced a series of measures Tuesday to prevent car accidents caused by elderly drivers, including emergency brakes and…
Jun 18, 2019 06:59 UTC Read More

Preventing elderly driver accidents
Steps must be taken to reduce the rising number of accidents caused by elderly drivers.
Jun 15, 2019 06:59 UTC Read More

After seeing an elderly veteran living in squalor, an Uber driver stepped in to help
Lauren Mulvihill did not know what to expect when she was called to the hospital for an Uber pick up. Ronald Dembner, 89, had just been discharged from the…
Jun 13, 2019 07:00 UTC Read More

Government backpedals on report that said elderly couples will need ¥20 million in savings
The government effectively withdrew Tuesday a recent report that casts doubt on the ability of the public pension system to sustain people's livelihoods in the…
Jun 11, 2019 06:59 UTC Read More

In historic first, G20 weighs aging as global risk
Ballooning healthcare costs, labor shortages and financial services for the elderly: for the first time Sunday, the world's top policymakers are tackling economic…
Jun 09, 2019 06:59 UTC Read More

Amid high-profile accidents involving elderly drivers, survey finds 1 in 4 people in Japan over 80 still drive
The rate who said they drive was higher in rural areas, where transportation services are limited, indicating cars are essential for everyday trips.
Jun 04, 2019 06:59 UTC Read More

High-Profile Pedestrian Fatalities Point Finger at Japan's Aging Drivers
Japan's aging society is facing a new level of urgency in addressing driver safety after a string of traffic fatalities caused by elderly drivers having lost control of…
May 29, 2019 07:00 UTC Read More

Job seekers in their 70s could become Japan's new normal
At the age of 75, Mikiko Kuzuno found herself recently laid off and applying for a job at a factory near Tokyo. She insisted on making the application in p.
May 23, 2019 06:59 UTC Read More

Japan needs to prioritize a 'population health' approach
A new approach can help rein in graying Japan's soaring health care costs.
May 21, 2019 06:59 UTC Read More

Japan’s child population at record low after falling for 38th consecutive year
Japan's child population has declined for the 38th year in a row and is now at a record low, the government said. The number of children younger than 15 stood…
May 04, 2019 07:00 UTC Read More

Think about not taking the wheel, says man whose wife and child were killed in Tokyo by elderly driver
A man who lost his wife and daughter in a Tokyo car accident involving an elderly driver expressed his deep sorrow Wednesday for being deprived of the…
Apr 25, 2019 07:00 UTC Read More

The beautiful art-filled Japanese islands left behind by the modern world
Night is beginning to fall as three dozen of us walk in single file into the Chichu Museum, an exquisite labyrinth of spaces built underground so as not to disturb…
Apr 25, 2019 06:59 UTC Read More

Commentary: In Japan, the old are harassing the young
Rougai, a term meaning an annoying old person, reflects Japan's ageing population woes keenly felt by the young, says the Financial Times' Leo Lewis.
Apr 24, 2019 06:59 UTC Read More

Man stops train from leaving station in Japan; video goes viral online
The punctuality of Japanese trains often makes headlines around the world, but while rail staff and the trains themselves have a lot to do with the efficiency of the…
Apr 13, 2019 06:59 UTC Read More

Japan’s population decline accelerates despite record immigration
The pace of population decline in Japan is accelerating, with the country set to lose the equivalent of a midsized city every year for the foreseeable future.
Apr 12, 2019 06:59 UTC Read More

Japan's Richest 2019: Why Country's Zombie Economy Is Finally Staggering Back To Life
This story is part of Forbes' coverage of Japan's Richest 2019. See the full coverage here. Nearly three decades after its own asset bubble burst in 1991, Japan…
Apr 10, 2019 06:59 UTC Read More

How Japan's suicide capital stopped its citizens killing themselves
Suicide has a long history in Japan as a way to avoid shame or dishonour, and getting psychological help was stigmatised.
Apr 08, 2019 08:01 UTC Read More

Japan struggles with English-language signs ahead of 2020 Olympics
Less than 18 months ahead of the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo, visitors are still struggling to comprehend the "Japlish" that the locals say is…
Apr 08, 2019 07:00 UTC Read More

What happens to residents when an old age home goes bankrupt?
I wonder if I could ask you to change my diaper?” The senior citizen home staff member to whom that plaintive request was addressed did not reply. He lowered…
Apr 05, 2019 07:00 UTC Read More

Akita dog honoured by Japanese police for saving elderly woman
Mame, a 12-year-old from the town of Senboku, in Akita Prefecture, alerted her owner to the old lady, who was slumped by the side of the road.
Apr 01, 2019 07:11 UTC Read More


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