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Japan is setting the pace among the aging societies of the world. People aged 65 and over now make up over one-fifth of the population and in twenty years will reach one-third.

How are individual older people faring in this “longevity society?” The first edition of “A Profile of Older Japanese,” prepared by ILC-Japan attempts to answer this question. The report brings together and analyses government and other data and is organized into seven sections: “The Aging Population and Aged Society,”“Living Arrangements,”“Housing”,“Health Status,” “Family and Long-Term Care,”“Economic Status,” and “The New-Old and Social Participation.”

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