Japan: Feeling the Strains of an Aging Population

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Science  05 Jul 1996:
Vol. 273, Issue 5271, pp. 44
DOI: 10.1126/science.273.5271.44


With its well-developed pension and health care systems, as well as a strong filial tradition, Japan would seem to be well placed in caring for its steadily increasing elderly population. But that filial tradition is breaking down, propelled by other demographic changes, such as children moving away to seek jobs and more women working outside the home. And social services, including nursing homes and home care providers, are already incapable of filling the gap.