Prof. Alan Walker - University of Sheffield. Sheffield, , GB

Prof. Alan Walker Prof. Alan Walker

Professor of Social Policy and Social Gerontology | University of Sheffield

Sheffield, GB

Professor Alan Walker was the Director of FUTURAGE, the European Research Area in Ageing and The UK New Dynamics of Ageing Programme

32,000 people in Japan turned 100 this year - how can the economy keep up?

32,000 people in Japan turned 100 this year - how can the economy keep up? 2016-09-22
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Every year, on September 19, Japan celebrates Respect for the Aged Day - a national holiday on which every new centenarian receives a silver sake dish. The tradition is beloved, but it is becoming an economic burden. In 2014, purchasing 59,000 sake dishes cost the Japanese government nearly $2.1 million USD. This year, the government will introduce a less expensive silver-plated alternative.

Despite talk of a "demographic time bomb," many experts see Japan's ageing population as a tremendous opportunity for growth. In a recent public statement, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said, "I have absolutely no worries about Japan's demography... Japan may be ageing. Japan may be losing its population. But these are incentives for us." Adjusting to the needs of an ageing population, said Abe, has motivated growth in robotics and technological development. "Japan's demography," he says, "paradoxically, is not an onus, but a bonus."

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32,000 people in japan turned 100 this year and the economy can't keep up

Japan doesn't really believe in dying young. at least, not according to conventional timelines. new data from the country's ministry of health, labor, and welfare reveal japan has broken its own record for most centenarians by population for the 46th straight year.

The Independent