Japan’s Long-term Care Dilemma: Immigrants or Robots?

Sally Herships
Mar 8, 2016
Marketplace

“Japan is growing old – fast. According to the World Bank, about a quarter of the country’s population is over the age of 65.  But at the same time, Japan’s birthrate is plummeting. Traditionally, seniors were cared for by their children, but now the elderly are living longer, the young have to work and Japan is running out of caretakers for its aging population. It’s a  growing issue around the world, but in Japan the problem has become acute.”

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Volunteers with the senior social network Silver Bell volunteer do laughter yoga with other seniors. Credit: Sally Herships/Marketplace

Sally Herships is a 2015 US-Japan Journalism Fellow.