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Annual Report on the Aging Society:

2002

Cabinet Office

 

This English version of"Annual Report on the Aging Society:2002 Cabinet Office"is tentatively translated
in cooperation with the International Longevity Center(ILC-Japan).


* What is the Annual Report on the Aging Society?

The Annual Report on the Aging Society has been submitted to the Diet by the government since 1996. The report is based on the Basic Law on Measures for the Aging Society. It clarifies the status of aging, the situations how the measures are implemented for the aging society, and future measures in consideration of such status of aging.

* Contents of the Annual Report

The Annual Report on the Aging Society: 2002 consists of two parts: 1) The Annual Report on Status of Aging and Implementation Situations of the Measures for the Aging Society in FY2001 and 2) The Measures for the Aging Society to Be Adopted in FY2002

The Annual Report on the Status of Aging and Implementation of the Measures for the Aging Society in FY2001 contains:
Chapter 1 Overview of the directions of measures for the aging society, based on the New General Principles on Concerning Measures for the Aging Society
Chapter 2 Report on the status of aging based on fundamental statistics, etc.
Chapter 3 Implementation situations of policies for the aging society measured by the government in FY 2001, which is reported along the structure of General Principles on Concerning Measures for the Aging Society

Further clarified are the policies on the aging society to be measured in FY2002. In addition, a list of budgets (General account budget) related to measures for the aging society in FY 2002 is attached.


The Annual Report on Status of Aging and Implementation Situations of the Measures for the Aging Society in FY2001

Chapter 1 Directions of Measures for the Aging Society

When postwar baby boomers attain old age around 2015, the population aged 65 or older is estimated to reach 33 million, 11 million larger than that at present, and the ratio of older persons to the whole population will be 26.0%. Toward the full scale of aging society, the New General Principles Concerning Measures for the Aging Society was resolved at the cabinet meeting in December 2001. The New General Principles show a basic attitude to modify the traditional stereotype image of older persons. Moreover, support of self-help in the old age, which enables diverse life style, is focused on as a cross-field subject.
In this chapter, diversity of life and consciousness of older persons are identified, and the future image of the aging society is pursued through surveying measures required horizontally in relevant departments from the three types of elderly people's viewpoints: active elderly, those living alone and those in need of care.



1. Diversity of Older Persons



2. Active Older Persons

(Current Status)


(Directions of Measures)

(Future Image)


3.Older Persons Living Alone

(Current status)

(Directions of measures)

(Future image)

4. Older Persons in Need of Care, etc.

(Current Status)

(Directions of measures)

(Future image)

Chapter 2 Status of the Aging Society

1.Status of the Aging Society

(Status and trends of aging)

(Aging by region)

(Causes of aging)

(Influences of aging)

(Global trends of aging)

2.Status of Older Persons

(Elderly and family)

(Economic status of older persons)

(Health and welfare for the elderly)

(Older persons and society & community)

(Elderly housing)

(Living environment of older persons)

Chapter 3 Implementation of Measures for the Aging Society

1. Fundamental Framework of Measures for the Aging Society



2. Budget Related to Aging Society Measures



3.Status of Implementation of Measures by Field

(1) Working and Income

(2) Health and Welfare

(3) Learning and Social Involvement

(4) Living Environment

(5) Promoting Survey and Research

The Measures for the Aging Society to Be Adopted

in FY 2002(Summary)


1.Budget of the Measures for the Aging Society in FY 2002

Measures for the aging society will be steadily enforced in each field of working & income, health & welfare, learning & social involvement, living environment, promotion of survey and research, etc.
The aging-related budget in FY 2002 among the government general account amounts to 11,738,700,000,000yen. Its breakdown is: 5,638,700,000,000yen for working & income, 5.913,100,000,000yen for health & welfare, 35,500,000,000yen for learning & social involvement, 26,300,000,000yen for living environment and 125,100,000,000yen for survey and research.

2.Promotion of the Measures for the Aging Society

The new major policies in FY 2002 in each field are as follows:

(1) Working & Income

(2)Health & Welfare

(3)Learning and Social Involvement

(4) Living Environment

(5)Promoting Survey and Research

A list of budgets (General account budget)in FY 2002

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