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Author : Sunny Narang
Source : From LinkedIn Archives
Date first published : January 5th , 2018
“Japan’s health ministry will support Asian students, chiefly from Southeast Asia and India, studying at Japanese medical schools as part of the government’s Asia Health and Human Well-Being Initiative.
The Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia, which the Japanese government helps fund, will develop a framework to accept the new students starting in fiscal 2018. It will receive a maximum of 2 billion yen ($17.7 million) in public money to help cover tuition and daily expenses.
ERIA will also create a framework to let Japanese doctors conduct joint research and practice in other Asian countries.”
By 2020, 13 countries will be “super-aged” — with more than 20% of the population over 65 — according to a report by Moody’s Investor Service.
That number will rise to 34 nations by 2030. Only five qualify now: Germany, Italy, Japan, Greece and Finland .
Eight countries, including France and Sweden, will have joined them by 2020.
Canada, Spain and the U.K. will be “super-aged” by 2025, and the U.S. will follow by 2030.
The problem isn’t confined to Europe and North America. Singapore and Korea will be in that category by 2030, while China will also face “severe aging pressures.”
Although Japan is said to have the worldʼs oldest population, it is the less developed countries that are experiencing the most dramatic demographic change. To face up to this global phenomenon, multi-sectoral policies are needed in all countries to ensure that older citizens are able to participate actively in the economic, social, cultural and political life of their societies.
Population ageing is poised to become one of the most significant social transformations of the twenty-first century, with implications for nearly all sectors of society, including labour and financial markets, the demand for goods and services, such as housing, transportation and social protection, as well as family structures and intergenerational ties.
According to data from World Population Prospects: the 2017 Revision, the number of older persons — those aged 60 years or over — is expected to more than double by 2050 and to more than triple by 2100, rising from 962 million globally in 2017 to 2.1 billion in 2050 and 3.1 billion in 2100. Globally, population aged 60 or over is growing faster than all younger age groups.
Globally, during 2010–2015, women outlived men by an average of 4.5 years.
As a result, women accounted for 54 per cent of the global population aged 60 years or over and 61 per cent of those aged 80 years or over in 2015.
By 2030, older persons are expected to account for more than 25 per cent of the populations in Europe and in Northern America, 20 per cent in Oceania, 17 per cent in Asia and in Latin America and the Caribbean, and 6 per cent in Africa.