fbpx
  • career
More

    Japan’s Population Not Aging as Expected

    The majority of Americans dream of retiring and retiring early. But thousands of miles across the globe, much of Japan’s elderly opts to remain hard at work in their 70s, 80s and beyond.

    A 2015 video from Monocle spotlighted how for many of Japan’s elderly, working isn’t just a means to stay busy, but a source of motivation, health, and happiness. Four elderly Japanese are featured in the video: a 71-year-old barber, a 100-year-old café owner, an 82-year-old running a bookshop that’s been in her husband’s family since it opened in 1891, and an 87-year-old barrel maker.

    Japan’s population is not aging as expected

    It may be easier to picture relaxing at that stage in life, free from the demands of any job. But it turns out working for longer may be beneficial to our health. A 2017 New York Times article says that while scientific research is inconclusive, it seems to suggest that people who find their work fulfilling appear to reap health benefits by working later in life.

    Related: 60’s-70’s Japanese Instrumental Cinema Funk Breaks and Beats

    It’s certainly something each of the four elderly Japanese featured by Monocle seemed to enjoy.

    The barber, who opened his shop at 61 years old, has since expanded to five branches. He doesn’t think he’ll stop working and looks forward to developing decades-long relationships with his customers.

    The café owner credits working for keeping him fit, enjoys chatting with customers, and has passed his knowledge down to his nephew and other café employees.

    For the 82-year-old woman running the bookshop (which has been in her husband’s family since it opened in 1891) maintaining the business’ legacy is important.

    And for the 87-year-old barrel maker, who even without the same physical strength he had in his younger years, he’s an integral part of the business: he teaches others how to make and repair the barrels that hold the whisky the company makes.

    It appears from these individuals that working a longer working life can be beneficial both to the elderly and to younger generations who can learn from them.

    Related: The Science and Business of Aging Well

    Japan’s population is set to shrink by one-third by 2060 and the elderly constitute 40 percent of the country’s population. A similar trend is anticipated in the United States, albeit not as sharp: by 2035, our 65-and-older population is expected to surpass the number of those 18-and-under – 78 million versus 76.4 million, according to the AARP. And as we grow, the number of us working is expected to do the same.

    So it’s a good thing there are advantages to working for longer. We can certainly learn a thing or two from the way Japan’s elderly approach working later in life.

    Click the here to watch video on Japan’s population via Monocle. To read The New York Times article, click here.

    David Stewart
    David Stewart
    David is the founder and face of AGEIST. He is an expert on, and a passionate champion of the emerging global over-50 lifestyle. A dynamic speaker, he is available for panels, keynotes and informational talks at david@agei.st.
    -Advertisement-
    3,223FansLike
    9,901FollowersFollow
    2,765FollowersFollow

    More Stories

    What Moves You?

    By: Bija BennettThere is no such thing as a completely sick person or a completely healthy person. There are only those who move more...

    OK Boomer: The Gift That Keeps Giving

    We had our say about the emotional journey that the ever-popular meme OK Boomer took us on a couple of weeks ago. I thought...

    Youth Is the Minor Leagues: Co-Founder Matt Hirst TEDx Talk

    We are so very proud to announce the release of the TEDx Talk of Matt Hirst, my founding partner at AGEIST. Matt, who is...

    Wesley Rowell, 59: The Accidental Preacher

    At the age of 59, Wesley Rowell became a preacher. This was not something he had ever imagined doing.“I turned 59 on Sep 21...

    Dinner at The Wylde: The First of Many.

    A place where people can come together and talk... "What an incredible and totally enjoyable evening. What a group of like-minded wonderful people. The choice...

    LATEST Profiles

    Wesley Rowell, 59: The Accidental Preacher

    At the age of 59, Wesley Rowell became a preacher. This was not something he had ever imagined doing.“I turned 59 on Sep 21...

    Elizabeth Lindsey, 63: National Geographic Explorer

    It all started with a prophecy. Elizabeth Kapu'uwailani Lindsey was warned when she was just seven years old, that the day would come when...

    Alpana Ahuja, 57: Artist and Elephant Whisperer

    by Damini Roy Alpana just loves elephants. Her studio is filled with their portraits and their amazing pad prints. She smiles with joy recounting her...
    X