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The truth about life in Ireland according to Kiwis who live there
Kiwis say it's very similar to NZ in many ways… the NZ of 20 or 30 years ago, and with bonus castles.
Jul 18, 2019 00:31 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

The fate of Japan, and everyone else
The world's third largest economy is slowly going out of business; its population is shrinking and it resists immigration.
Jun 18, 2019 06:59 UTC Read More

Aso to kill FSA's pension report, citing public angst it triggered:The
Finance Minister Taro Aso indicated June 11 that he will instruct the Financial Services Agency to retract a report on pensions that triggered huge public…
Jun 11, 2019 06:59 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

No. of newborns in Japan hits record low in 2018
The number of newborns in Japan hit a record-low 918397 in 2018, staying below the 1 million mark for the third year in a row, a government survey showed…
Jun 08, 2019 06:59 UTC Read More

The prison inside: Japan's hikikomori lack relationships, not physical spaces
Fifty-three-year-old Kenji Yamase doesn't fit the traditional image of a hikikomori, but then perceptions of Japan's social recluses are changing. "People.
Jun 01, 2019 06:59 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

Government to urge firms in Japan to hire employees until age 70 amid labor crunch
The government on Wednesday urged companies to extend employees' retirement until the age of 70 as part of measures to address a severe labor shortage…
May 16, 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

'Driving graduation ceremonies' help coax elderly to give up licenses
In Japan, there has been a lot of news in recent years about car accidents. And among those reported, elderly drivers have made headlines with reckless driving…
May 02, 2019 07:00 UTC Read More

Japan Has a New Emperor and a New Era, but a Dark Future
Japan's new imperial era officially started on May 1 at a time when 79 percent of the Japanese people no longer believe their own government. Should we?
May 01, 2019 06:59 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

Working-age Japan’s howl of rage against the elderly gains a name
A minute or two of newly shot mobile phone video captures an elderly man repeatedly and, it seems, deliberately, preventing the door of a packed Nagoya…
Apr 22, 2019 07:00 UTC Read More

Aging Japan to See 25% of Breadwinners Turn 75 or Older by 2040
Japan's rapidly-aging society will see a quarter of its breadwinners turn 75 or older by 2040, the Nikkei reported, citing a study from the National Institute of…
Apr 19, 2019 06:59 UTC Read More

Review: Pico Iyer’s ‘Autumn Light’ muses on mortality and the courage to carry on
In Pico Iyer's latest book, "Autumn Light: Season of Fire and Farewells," he finds himself once again in Japan — for decades his chosen second home.
Apr 16, 2019 07:00 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

Why the world now has more grandparents than grandchildren
For the first time, there are more elderly people than young children in the world. What does this mean for societies around the globe?
Apr 08, 2019 06:59 UTC Read More

Why are lonely Asians turning to robots for friendship?
From Japan to Hong Kong, robots are taking yet another human job: providing companionship. But while synthetic seals and pillows with waggly tails may play a…
Apr 06, 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


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