Q&A: Japan’s Aging Should Be Viewed as Achievement, Not Negatively
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With more than half of its population older than 45 years, Japan is the world’s most aged nation. It is experiencing aging at a faster speed than any other developed country, with its median age projected to reach 53 in 2050, according to the United Nations.
As executive director of the U.N. Population Fund, Babatunde Osotimehin usually focuses on the other end of the population spectrum: the health of pregnant women and babies and the education of young people. But he also pays great attention to population aging as it is an accelerating trend with global implications.
We asked Dr. Osotimehin, a physician and public health expert, how he views Japan’s aging during his trip here this week.
WSJ: As a specialist on global population, what aspects of Japan’s aging are you particularly interested in?
Dr. Osotimehin: Japan is an aged society. I think it could provide a laboratory for the rest of the world on how to manage aging.
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