Recently the Excite News reported the following:
On the 20th of this month, being a Respect the Aged Day, the Ministry of Public Management, Home Affairs, Posts and Telecommunications announced the estimated population figure on senior citizen who were over 65-year-old (as at 15th). Women over 65-year-old represent 25.4% of total population which was for the first to exceed 25%, and that meant one woman in four became a senior citizen. Moreover, men aged over 65 represented 19.9% of the total population, which meant almost one man in five became a senior citizen.
People aged over 65 was 28.98 million (12.39 million men and 16.59 million women) representing an increase of 80 million compared with the previous year. It accounted for 22.7% of the total population, which was a new height both in terms of people number and ratio since the present statistical method was started in 1950. People aged over 70 was 20.6 million (16.1% of total population), aged over 75 was 13.7 million (10.7%) and aged over 80 was 7.89 million (6.2%), all figures were the highest compared with the past records.
From the above news, it seems that Japan has an aging population. How to care for these senior citizen would be a challenge to the government, in particular during the present economic downturn.