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

Sally Herships
Mar 8, 2016

“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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Sally Herships is a 2015 US-Japan Journalism Fellow.