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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

Can Freelancing Cure Loneliness? Creating Replacement Families In Japan
In Japan, it's possible to hire replacement family members - freelance actors - to reduce the loneliness of being alone.
Jun 19, 2019 06:59 UTC Read More

Japan has world's lowest proportion of working-age people, UN report says
While the ratio is falling worldwide, Japan stands out with just 1.8 people aged 25 to 64 for each person aged 65 or over.
Jun 18, 2019 07:00 UTC Read More

After seeing an elderly veteran living in squalor, an Uber driver stepped in to help
Lauren Mulvihill did not know what to expect when she was called to the hospital for an Uber pick up. Ronald Dembner, 89, had just been discharged from the…
Jun 13, 2019 07:00 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

Amid high-profile accidents involving elderly drivers, survey finds 1 in 4 people in Japan over 80 still drive
The rate who said they drive was higher in rural areas, where transportation services are limited, indicating cars are essential for everyday trips.
Jun 04, 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

Japan aims to cut dementia cases among over-70s by 6% in next six years
A numerical goal will be set for the first time for reducing the number of people in Japan with dementia, with an eye to cutting incidence among patients in their…
May 15, 2019 06:59 UTC Read More

Step aside, Scotland and Ireland – why you should go on a whisky tour of Japan
I'm standing under crystal-blue sky, surrounded by maple trees and tinkering streams, in a forest outside Kyoto. I'm here on a quest; to uncover the trail of…
May 09, 2019 07:00 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

A sword, a jewel and a mirror: Japan’s Sacred Treasures explained
Together, these three items represent the valour, wisdom and benevolence that the emperor displays towards his people. No one other than the emperor and…
May 01, 2019 05:27 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

Man whose wife, 3-year-old daughter were killed by speeding car, puts focus on issue of elderly driving
A man who lost his wife and daughter in a Tokyo car crash involving an elderly driver expressed his deep sorrow Wednesday for being deprived of the family's…
Apr 25, 2019 06:59 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

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

Japan’s population decline accelerates despite record immigration
The pace of population decline in Japan is accelerating, with the country set to lose the equivalent of a midsized city every year for the foreseeable future.
Apr 12, 2019 06:59 UTC Read More

Watch: the old Japanese man who divided the internet ... by delaying a train
The elderly and slightly dishevelled man repeatedly puts his hand and a plastic bag between the closing doors of the train as it waits to depart Sakae station.
Apr 12, 2019 04:00 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 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

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