The online magazine HIGHLIGHTING JAPAN

February 2021

ACTIVE SENIORS: THE POTENTIAL OF A “SUPER-AGED” SOCIETY

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  • THEME FOR FebruaryACTIVE SENIORS: THE POTENTIAL OF A “SUPER-AGED” SOCIETY

    As Japan is rapidly aging, a growing proportion of “older people” are remaining active in the workforce and other sectors of society. Through interviews with such active seniors, we look at the possibilities for the new age of longevity in which people can expect to work and play long into their healthy lives.

     

FEATURES

  • New Possibilities for an Aging Society

    An interview with Akiyama Hiroko, a visiting professor at the University of Tokyo’s Institute of Gerontology.

  • Sharing the Joy of Photography

    Photographer Nishimoto Kimiko, age 92, has more than 230,000 followers on Instagram.

  • The World’s Oldest Practicing Pharmacist

    97-year-old Hiruma Eiko has been working as a pharmacist for over 70 years.

  • Acting Out Life Itself

    A latecomer to the stage, 78-year-old Hyakumoto Natsue is devoting her life to acting.

  • Japan Pom Pom Still Going Strong

    89-year-old cheerleader Takino Fumie, founder of Japan Pom Pom, continues to perform in high-tempo routines.

  • Mr. Fuji-san

    Climber Jitsukawa Yoshinobu, now 77, has deservedly acquired the nickname Mr. Mount Fuji.

  • A Doctor and Gymnast for Life

    82-year-old Nakamura Yoshifumi is a surgeon and gymnast who aims to remain active in these roles for the rest of his days.

  • The “Last Samurai” in Kyoto

    92-year-old Joe Okada is the oldest National Government Licensed Guide Interpreter working in Japan.

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