Documentary: ‘Japan: New Ways to Grow Old’
A new BBC World Service documentary about Japan, the world’s most rapidly-aging society. Nearly 30 percent of the population in Japan is older than 65 and by 2055 it’s expected to be 40 percent older than 65.
Japan has more centenarians than any other country, but will these people have a good quality of life? What lessons might other countries learn from Japan’s super-aging society?
Are public health and social services going to struggle to meet the needs of an aging society? What innovations in housing and care might help us?
Toshiko Katayose and Aki Maruyama Leggett explore some of the innovative ways in which Japanese people are adapting to living longer. Produced for the BBC World Service.