Age Bomb (2013): More than a quarter of Japanese people are over 65 and the number is rising. Soon more than 100 other nations will face a similar problem. Can they learn from the Japanese approach to their ageing demographic?
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It’s estimated that by 2015 there will be 2.5 million Japanese with senile dementia and as Japan becomes an increasingly urban population, its cities are struggling to cope. In Tokyo a scheme to keep the elderly active with part time jobs is proving a hit. “I have no experience of working in a nursery, but this work is pleasant and useful”, says 77-year-old Rie. “If most people work until 75 and pay tax, we can support them and it makes people healthier”, argues Professor Akiyama, who runs the scheme.
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