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Labour, Income and Poverty among Elderly Japanese

Isao Ohashi

Chapter 5 in Human Resource Management in Ageing Societies, 2008, pp 61-98 from Palgrave Macmillan

Abstract: Abstract The ageing of a country’s population has a variety of effects on its society and economy. Of most serious concern is the impact on public finances for pensions and medical care. But ageing not only increases the burden on the younger generation, it also depletes the resources necessary to drive strong economic growth. In this respect, Japan is confronted with a difficult situation.1 As an illustration, it would be worthwhile to point out that, as of 2004, the percentage of the total population that was 60 years old or over was 19.5%, the highest in the world, while the total fertility rate was 1.29, close to the lowest in the world. Furthermore, the situation is rapidly becoming more serious.

Keywords: Labour Force; Elderly People; Household Member; Human Resource Management; Total Income (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2008
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DOI: 10.1057/9780230582750_5

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