Friday, May 20, 2016

Fewer Children, More Elderly

For the 35th year in a row, Japan's population has declined, with fewer children and more elderly, according to information released
this month by the Japanese government.  The overall population of Japan decreased by 150,000 people in the year from 2015 to 2016, but the number of people in the 65 and older category, rose by 810,000 people.

I didn't know what percentage of the U.S. population is over the age of 65, so I googled it and found this website, which says people age 65 and older now make up 13% of the U.S. population.   The percentage of older people in the U.S. is also rising, but the overall population is rising in the U.S. 

In Japan, the overall population is decreasing, putting a greater burden on the working aged people.With fewer children being born every year, there will be an even greater burden put on these people when they get to be of working age. This is a very complex situation.


  1. This really makes you stop and think. Too many people having the care of their parents, they can't afford to have children?

  2. Even scientists sense the problem of an ageing society. The research and development of robots to help with nursing care is on the increase.