Japan’s Aging Dilemma

Japan has the oldest population in the world, with close to 27% of inhabitants age 65 or older. This week, NPR reporter Ina Jaffe explores how an aging populace is affecting the country’s economy, health care system and culture. 

Jaffe says a dip in birth rates is one reason for the startling figure, and if the trend continues, the population of those 65 and up will swell to at least 40% by 2060, bringing even greater changes to the country. 


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