The challenges of ageing in Japan

Authored by: Tomiko Hokama , Haley L. Cash

Routledge Handbook of Global Public Health in Asia

Print publication date:  April  2014
Online publication date:  April  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415643825
eBook ISBN: 9781315818719
Adobe ISBN: 9781317817703

10.4324/9781315818719.ch4

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Abstract

Population ageing is a new and serious challenge for Japan, a country which has achieved the world’s longest life expectancy. As Japan’s life expectancy has increased over the past decades, its fertility rate has simultaneously decreased resulting in an increased elderly population. As of 2011, the population of Japan was 127.8 million of which 23.3 per cent (29.8 million) were elderly (over 65 years old) [1]. With this astounding figure, Japan currently has the world’s highest elderly population.

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