31 Jan '17, 10am

Interesting piece in the ageing of the social care workforce in Japan

YOKOHAMA (Japan) • It is lunch hour at the Cross Heart nursing home, and a 72-year-old, slightly stooped man is spooning soup and filling teacups. But Mr Kunio Odaira is not one of the residents. He is one of the staff, part of an increasingly grey workforce in an increasingly grey country. "I enjoy talking to the people here. It's fun, but it's also hard work," Mr Odaira said during a break from his caregiving duties. Japan is considered a "super-ageing" society. More than a quarter of the population are over 65, a figure set to rise to 40 per cent by 2050. The average life expectancy is 85, and that means many people remain relatively healthy for a good two decades after the retirement age. At the same time, the birth rate has plummeted to well below the level needed to keep the population stable. Now home to 128 million people, Japan's population is expected to number f...

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/in-japans-nurs...

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