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Planning for aging populations in Japan

Japan's population is old and getting older. "Japan has one of the highest total dependency ratios that's ever been seen," said Karen Eggleston, a senior fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI), "about one elderly dependent for every worker in the population." The country's aging population raises questions about how to provide for the elderly both socially and economically. Along with Professor of Medicine Jay Bhattacharya and other members of the Center on the Demography and Economics of Health and Aging (CDEHA), Eggleston developed the Japanese Future Elderly Model to project the health and functional status of the country's elderly.