June 13, 2006
AARP, Washington D.C., USA
AARP Global Aging Program Idea Exchange with Hiro Murata
Creative Responses to an Aging Society: The Japanese Experience
Japan is the most rapidly aging country in the world. Demographic change – specifically a declining fertility rate and growing longevity – has resulted in an aging ratio over 20 percent in 2005. In other words, over one in five Japanese people are over 65 years old.

Mr. Hiro Murata visited AARP Headquarters in Washington, DC, to offer his perspective on the Japanese experience in aging. He addressed a number of challenges and trends that have compelled Japanese society to explore creative solutions to the meet the needs of older persons.

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