Why is Japan's population ageing? What impacts could this have on the country in future? And how is the government trying to tackle the problem?
- Japan, like many developed countries, is under threat from a declining population.
- Life expectancy in Japan is around 83 years, with 20% of the population aged 65+.
- An ageing population will create problems for Japan, as the number of retirees will increase more quickly than that of the number of workers.
- Japanese governments have introduced measures to encourage population growth, including 1994's 'Angel Plan'.
In developing countries, overpopulation threatens the sustainability of national resources.
Developed countries face a similar threat, but from the opposite cause – an ageing and declining population.
In Japan, like many developed countries, life expectancy is increasing.
The average Japanese can expect to live to around 83, and already 20% ...
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