2015 Generations United Conference in Hawaii Intergenerational Activities in Japan:Passing the Culture on to the Next Generation

Japan Aging Research Center

Introduction

People are now living longer across the world, and the number of older people keeps increasing. Japanese population is aging particularly fast: As of 2014, one in every four people is aged 65 or over already. Moreover, the total population in Japan started declining after reaching its peak at 128 million in 2005-2010. By 2020, when Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games are held, Japanese population will decrease by about 4 million compared with the current figure. Japan will also become a hyper-aged society by then: The proportion of older people will increase to 29%, and those aged 75+ will account for 15% of the total population.
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Universal Longevity Society and Mutual Support among Generations:Local Communities in Japan

Mutual understanding and support among all generations are considered essential parts of the social environment in advanced countries with universal longevity. In this context, the first international conference of Generations United will be held at Hawaii Convention Center from July 21 to 24, 2015. While Generations United (USA) is the main organizer of the conference, Japan NGO Council on Ageing (JANCA) and other organizations on aging from Europe and Singapore are also co-sponsoring the event. From Japan, Ms. Keiko Higuchi (Co-Chair, JANCA) will give a keynote speech, while about a dozen participants (e.g. Mr. Takeo Ogawa, Ms. Keiko Sugi) will make presentations during the conference. Continue reading

Results of JANCA Survey on Social Participation among Older People (A national survey by JANCA member organizations)

March 26, 2015
Keiko Higuchi and Tsutomu Hotta
Co-Chairs, Japan NGO Council on Ageing (JANCA)

Results of JANCA Survey on Social Participation among Older People
(A national survey by JANCA member organizations)

In Japan, baby boomers are now aged 65+. As one in every four people is considered the elderly, social participation among older people is essential in this country.
Japan NGO Council on Ageing (JANCA), an association of NGOs and NPOs in the field of aging, has been developing activities to promote social participation among older people since its establishment in 1999, the International Year of Older Persons, aiming to “build a society for all ages.” In 2015, JANCA once again conducted a survey on social participation among older people. The following is a summary of its results.
JANCA will work with relevant organizations and individuals nationwide to further promote social participation among older people based on these results.
Lastly, we would like to express our deepest gratitude to those who helped us in this survey and those who support JANCA’s activities. We will appreciate your continued support. Continue reading