Social care, Japanese style: Lessons from world's oldest population

Japan has long been known for its widespread respect for its seniors and a powerful sense of obligation to care for them. The involvement and responsibility of the family members in care was even formally embodied in the "Japanese style welfare state".

Yet as the demographic structure of society has changed, and the population has progressively aged - Japan has the oldest population in the world - the provision of care is increasingly seen as a social (and not exclusively a family) concern.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 02, 2018, with the headline 'Social care, Japanese style: Lessons from world's oldest population'. Print Edition | Subscribe