Japan Govt Adopts Comprehensive Package for Fighting Dementia

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Tokyo, June 18 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government on Tuesday adopted a comprehensive package of measures for dealing with dementia, with the aim of creating a society in which sufferers can live their daily lives comfortably and with hope.

The package, whose two key concepts are "coexistence" and "prevention," succeeds the "new orange plan," a national strategy against dementia compiled in 2015. The new package, decided at the day's meeting of relevant cabinet ministers, will cover the period until 2025.

All government agencies "should work as one to swiftly implement" the adopted measures, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said at the meeting.

On the proposal to create a new driver's license system for the elderly following a recent string of serious accidents involving vehicles driven by elderly people, the government said that it will decide on a certain direction within fiscal 2019, which ends next March, mentioning a specific timeline on the matter for the first time.

The new license system, under which elderly people would be allowed to drive only vehicles equipped with advanced technologies to ensure safe driving, is being considered mainly by the National Police Agency.

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