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In the "super aged" Japan,longevity is not always a good thing [Copy link] 中文

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When does old age begin?


The stereotype of people in the last phase of life is they are enfeebled and ill. However, Japan's senior citizens refuse to conform to this image.


Tanaka Yuki, who is 99, is still on the door at a stalactite grotto and running a convenience store on the outskirts of Tokyo Former Japanese prime minister Tomiichi Murayama, 90, is still traveling around the country to elaborate his and the Social Democratic Party's brand of politics. And 83-year-old Yasushi Akashi, former under-secretary general of the United Nations, chairs the board of trustees of the International House of Japan.


A large number of Japanese people in the advanced age are spry and healthy and still active in society. Japanese women have enjoyed the longest life expectancy in the world for more than a quarter of a century, only the earthquake and tsunami in 2011 deprived them of the longevity crown that year.


Japan is now one of the three "super-aged" countries - countries where more than 20 percent of the population are over 65, along with Germany and Italy.

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Japan's extraordinary longevity statistics have been attributed to the traditional diet of fish, rice and simmered vegetables, a comparatively high standard of living in old age, and easy access to healthcare. Japan's Health Ministry claims that Japanese people's extraordinary longevity is largely due to improvements in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer, cardiac disorders and strokes, Japan's three biggest killer


Improved medical care and healthy traditional diet seems only benefit the individuals,but not the whole country.Longevity does have its downside. Japan's increasing graying of the population, combined with its low birth rate, has led to a pension crisis, ballooning healthcare costs and a labor shortage that could endanger Japan's economic health.


According to Japan's Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, a quarter of the population is now over 65 years old, a record high, and only 13 percent are under 14, a record low.


Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim, the world's second richest person, proposed that to ease countries' gray burden, people should be working less.


"People are going to have to work for more years, until they are 70 or 75, and just work three days a week - perhaps 11 hours a day," Slim said.


The elderly in Japan are putting that into practice, but they are forgoing the part time.

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Age is often a state of mind

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futsanglung Post time: 2014-8-27 02:05
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moonshooter Post time: 2014-8-26 22:26
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