TOKYO, Japan / The Japan Times / Life in Japan / November 13, 2011
BIG IN JAPAN
By Michael Hoffman
Japan is an elderly country. Twenty-three percent of its population is 65 or over. By 2050, nearly 40 percent will be. Nothing like these demographics has ever been seen before, here or anywhere. This is well-known and much discussed, usually in terms of the grim implications for an enfeebled economy and an already overwhelmed pension system.
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