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Fomenting Filial Piety amid Changing Lifestyles in ChinaWan Yi

Gathering to celebrate the Spring Festival (lunar new year) and other celebrations as a family is a longstanding Chinese tradition, but an increasing number of people in major cities do not go home for the holidays at all. The Chinese Law on Protection of the Rights and Interest of the Elderly aims to halt this trend and promote filial piety by making regular visits to parents a legal obligation, but will this strategy succeed?

Filial Piety Obligatory in a Dramatically Aging Chinese SocietyWan Yi

The duty of grown children to “support and assist their parents” is written into the Chinese Constitution. The idea has deep roots in Chinese culture; in fact, an ancient saying holds that filial piety is preeminent among virtues. However, as demographic trends in China mirror those seen in Japan, the aging of the Chinese population is driving major changes in the context in which filial piety is performed and even in views on what constitutes a happy household and other value systems.

Japanese Businesses Apply Lessons from Aging Home Market to Expand AbroadTakeuchi Yukifumi

Recognizing the rapid aging of Thai society and the needs of its wealthy, businesses from Japan have begun expanding into the country, applying lessons learned at the forefront of the trend of aging Asian societies. Positive results are expected as the “Japanese model” for elder care homes and other care services spreads.

The Volunteer Care Network Supporting Rural Thai AreasTakeuchi Yukifumi

The aging of society continues across Asia. Japan leads the trend, but other Asian countries are close behind, just like geese flying in formation. In Southeast Asia, Thailand is aging at a rate exceeded only by Singapore. Takeuchi Yukifumi looks at current care practices in rural Thailand.

Ibasho House: A Communal Place in an Aging Local CommunityTanaka Yasuhiro

Located in Ōfunato, Iwate Prefecture, one of the areas worst affected by the 3/11 disaster, Ibasho House is a place where the elderly contribute to their local community. The aim is to create ways for people to participate in society in a dignified manner, whatever their age.

Japan at the Forefront of Super-Aging Societies

This article, the first in a series by the Sasakawa Peace Foundation’s Issues and Implications of Aging Asian Population Project, looks at the current state of aging in Japan and its efforts, as an “advanced” nation in this field, to tackle the issue.

Tapping the Potential of Japan’s Senior ConsumersMurata Hiroyuki

Japan’s aging population offers new opportunities for Japanese industry—provided it can tap into the diverse needs and shifting consumption patterns of the elderly. Murata Hiroyuki offers a tantalizing glimpse of future trends in Japan’s senior market.

Consumption Patterns of Japan’s ElderlyKumano Hideo

Are Japan’s many elderly wealthy or poor? As an aging society gives rise to concerns about old-age insolvency, the situation for elderly households is examined through a range of statistical data.

Centenarians in Japan: 50,000-Plus and Growing

Sales of adult diapers in Japan outsold those for infants in 2014, speaking volumes about the country’s plummeting birthrate and the rapid aging of society. A shrinking population and rising social security costs are also weighing heavily on the nation’s finances. These demographic challenges are beginning to encroach on emerging economies as well. What lessons will they learn from Japan’s experience?

Ama: A Remote Island Community Shows It Can Win the Fight Against DeclineUno Shigeki

A small island township of just 2,300 residents off the Shimane coast is often cited as a standout example of regional revival. How has Ama, once a depopulated hamlet facing bankruptcy, been able to reverse its fortunes and build a vibrant community that is luring young people from urban areas?

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