The decline in Japan’s fertility rate has been attributed to several factors such as changing lifestyles, people marrying later in life or not marrying at all and the economic insecurity of younger generation. Increasing life expectancy is another driving force behind the aging trend.
In Japan , the elderly are generally treated with the utmost respect. Many Japanese families have several generations living under one roof. This factor is believed to be one of the many reasons that in Japan , elderly people live longer than any other population.
Japan’s life expectancy in 2016 was 85 years. The life expectancy is 81.7 for males and 88.5 for females. Since Japan’s overall population is shrinking due to low fertility rates, the aging population is rapidly increasing.
For instance, Japan holds the title for having the oldest population , with ⅓ of its citizens already over the age of 65.
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One of my favorite questions as an unashamed Japan optimist is “what is the biggest problem of the Japanese economy ?” The answer is simple: Japan suffers from too much competition. Deflation, low profitability, poor investment returns, subpar foreign direct investment, falling tax revenues, you name it.
Everybody knows Japan is in crisis. The biggest problems it faces – sinking economy, aging society, sinking birthrate, radiation, unpopular and seemingly powerless government – present an overwhelming challenge and possibly an existential threat.
The increase in the debt burden over the past two decades is due to a combination of high primary deficits and high real interest rates relative to real GDP growth. Japan has run a primary deficit for 20 years and it is projected to be over 7% of GDP in 2014.
It’s usually not offensive but you shouldn’t ask a woman’s age . That’s almost a universal thing. So when Japanese ask a gaijin woman’s age they are being rude by international standards. Especially if they go on to remark about how much older than her age she looks.
Average age at marriage by country
East Asian age reckoning originated in China and continues in limited use there along with Japan and Vietnam, and is still common in Korea. People are born at the age of one, i.e. the first year of lifetime using an ordinal numeral (instead of “zero” using a cardinal numeral), and on Chinese New Year or New Year’s Day