12 Apr 2024, 22:33

Elderly living alone to make up a fifth of Japanese households by 2050: study

TOKYO, April  12, 2024 (BSS/AFP) - One in five Japanese households by 2050
will be elderly people living alone, a new study said Friday, as Japan
scrambles to find how to effectively care for its greying population.

By 2050, 10.8 million elderly people will be living alone, making up 20.6
percent of all households, the National Institute of Population and Social
Security Research said in a projection that it issues every five years.

It marks an increase since 2020, when 7.37 million elderly, or 13.2 percent
of all households, lived alone.

The projection came as young Japanese people delay marriage or choose not
to have children partly because they cannot afford to do so.

Japan is facing a steadily worsening population crisis, as its expanding
elderly population leads to soaring medical and welfare costs and a shrinking
labour force to pay for it.

Many elderly people currently have children or siblings who can look after
them, even if they live alone, the institute said.

"However, 30 years from now, the proportion of elderly single-person
households with no children -- whether married, bereaved, or separated -- is
expected to increase, and the number of siblings of the individual will also
decrease," the study warned.

Japan's overall population shrank by 595,000 to 124 million in 2023,
marking the 13th straight annual fall, according to government data released

The scale of the decrease was offset by an inflow of foreigners, the data
showed, while the population of Japanese nationals dropped by 837,000 to 121

The Japanese government has attempted to slow the decline and ageing of its
population without meaningful success.


  • Latest News
  • Most View