June 8, 2007


40.5% of population to be seniors by '55: report (Japan Times, 6/09/07)

Elderly people are expected to make up 40.5 percent of Japan's population by 2055 if current trends continue, according to a government report released Friday.

According to the 2007 White Paper on Aging Society, Japan is likely to become an "unprecedented" aging society when the portion of the population aged 65 or older almost doubles in 2055 from the 20.1 percent recorded in 2005.

In addition, each elderly person will be supported by only 1.3 working people in 2055, compared with 3.3 people in 2005.

Which begs the question of why those young people would stay and work to support the idle but entitled elderly

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 8, 2007 11:09 PM

Ans: those young people have no place to go. Should they go to Europe and work to support the idle entitled "youths" instead?

Posted by: ic at June 8, 2007 11:49 PM

If only the Pacific were as shallow as the Rio Grande ...

Posted by: ghostcat at June 9, 2007 12:09 AM

IC, I think they're going to Australia.....

Posted by: Robert Mitchell Jr. at June 9, 2007 1:05 AM

"why those young people would stay and work to support the idle but entitled elderly"

Because they love and honor their parents?....nahhh forget I said that.

Posted by: h-man at June 9, 2007 4:59 AM

They aren't taking care of their own parents, that's how the mess started.

Posted by: oj at June 9, 2007 7:22 AM