Age-old problem to hit Japan

22/9/09 See: http://www.theage.com.au/world/ageold-problem-to-hit-japan-20090921-fykh.html

A record one in four women in Japan is aged 65 or over, official figures show, highlighting fears of a looming demographic crisis. As of September 15, 25.4 per cent of the female population was aged 65 or over, topping 25 per cent for the first time since the collection of comparable data began in 1950. Men and women combined, Japan had a record 28.98 million elderly people, up by 800,000 from a year earlier. The figures are grim news as authorities struggle to find ways to increase low birth rates.