Wednesday, September 21, 2016
What I thought about the Respect For The Aged Day
September 19th, the third Monday of September, was a national holiday named the Respect for the Aged Day.
Various public ceremonies were held in many cities and towns throughout the country.
Our school district held a ceremony at an elementary school gymnasium and invited every person aged 70 or over in our area.
That day I helped at reception with the woman's organization that I am a part of. Dance and band performances by elementary and junior high students delighted the guests.
Japan is becoming an aged society.
There were 34.61 million people as of last week aged 65 or over. This was 27.3 percent of the total population, according to a report.
There are many discussions about this, such as the large tax burden on the younger generation, a quality and quantity of nursery houses for the elderly, and the amount of pension and more.
A Japanese life expectancy has been ranked very high but we have to consider how elderly people pursue a healthy life without being bedridden for the rest of their life.
At the same time, men and women who retired from their companies at the age of 60 or 65, should be promised another regular job so as to keep their enthusiasm toward life as long as they are healthy.