Looking at Japan's Elderly today, and the issues the whole ageing population thing presents to Japan. Before you watch this, feel free to watch the Japan's Elderly Vocab Youtube clip. It you can get more connected with the whole story through the vocab and deeper study of the article I sent you.
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Good morning, good morning. Welcome to Vocab Voyage news of the day.
I had a fantastic weekend. Otaru Brewery -nice.
I drank the beer I made some time ago, two months ago, and it was lovely. But now nose back to the
Japanese old people - it's a demographic time bomb. That is the word that is being thrown around
about the Japanese aging population, but also about the Korean population, and also about the
Chinese population, and also about many, many populations.
By 2055, 40% of Japan's population will be over 65. Sixty years ago, 12 workers - 12 people in paid
employment were supporting one elderly person. That was sixty years ago. Now you've got 2 to 3 in work supporting one elderly person, tax-wise and all that. In 2060 it will be 1 to 1. So something's gotta give. 130 million down to 90 million - that's what the population is going to
do in Japan over the next 40 years.
So, what can we do? There's a couple of things with this aging population. You need more babies, we need more babies. Not everyone can have babies, but there are people who want babies who can't
have babies; like the girl in the BBC clip - Midori Ide. She works at a rest home. She finishes that, she
comes home and she looks after her grandmother. When her grandmother goes, her parents are going
to be old, so she can't have babies because she's looking after the old people so it's coming from both directions man. It's coming from both directions where there's so many old people, but the young peoplecan't make more young people because they're busy looking after the old people .
We all know the solution could be immigration, but no-one wants to think about that. Immigration isn't a bad thing. New Zealand is a wonderful place with all
the different people there now.
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