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Annual Report on the Aging Society:
2003
Cabinet Office


This English version of"Annual Report on the Aging Society:2003 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: 2003 consists of two parts: 1) The Annual Report on Status of Aging and Implementation of Measures for the Aging Society in FY2002 and 2) Measures for the Aging Society planned in FY2003

The Annual Report on the Status of Aging and Implementation of the Measures for the Aging Society in FY2002 contains: Chapter 1 Report on the status of aging based on fundamental statistics, etc.
Chapter 2 Implementation situations of policies for the aging society measured by the government in FY 2002, 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 FY2003. In addition, a list of budgets (General account budget) related to measures for the aging society in FY 2003 is attached.


The Status of Aging and
Implementation of Measures for the Aging Society
in FY 2002


- Contents -

Chapter 1 Status of Population Aging

  1. Status of Population Aging

  2. Status of Older Persons

Chapter 2 Implementation of Measures for the Aging Society

  1. Fundamental Framework of Measures for the Aging Society

  2. Trend of Measures for the Aging Society

  3. Status of Implementations 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


Measures for the Aging Society Planned in FY 2003
(Summary)

  1. Measures for the Aging Society in FY 2003

  2. Measures for the Aging Society by Field


- Reference Material -

Table 1-1-1. Status of Aging

Figure 1-1-2. Changes of Aging and Population Projections

Table 1-1-3. Trends in Population of the Aged 65+ by Prefecture

Figure 1-1-7. Trends in Life Expectancy at Birth and Average Life Expectancy at the Age of 65

Figure 1-1-8. Trends in Birth Number and Total Fertility Rate

Figure 1-1-13. Trends and Future Prospects of Labor Force Population

Figure 1-1-14. Trends in Social Security Benefits

Table 1-1-16. Trends in World Population

Figure 1-1-17. Trends in Percentage of the Aged in the World

Figure 1-2-3. Trends of Older Persons Living Alone

Figure 1-2-5. Trends in the Percentage Distribution of Households by Family Type Containing Least One Older Person

Figure 1-2-11. Awareness about Living Conditions in Elderly Households

Table 1-2-13. Incomes of Elderly Households

Figure 1-2-15. Elderly Income Standard by Income Category, 2000

Figure 1-2-21. Older Persons' Savings for Old Age

Figure 1-2-25. Working and Workless Status of Older Persons

Figure 1-2-28. Ratios of Older Persons 65+ with Complaints and with Effect in Daily Life

Figure 1-2-31. Issues Kept in Mind for Health Improvement

Table 1-2-36. Status of Older Persons Requiring Care (Number of certified persons requiring long-term care or support)

Figure 1-2-46. Exchanges with Neighbors

Table 1-2-54. Status of Targets Housing Standards in Elderly Households

Figure 1-2-59. How frequently do older persons go out?

Figure 1-2-63. Trends in Traffic Accidents Death by Age Group

Table 2-1-1. Budget Related to Measures for the Aging Society (General Account)

Table 2-2-5. Abstract of Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing, 2002 and Political Declaration

Figure 2-3-1. Ratios of Companies with Employment Security until Age 65

Figure 2-3-26. Increase of Pensionable Age of Medical Care for the Elderly and Ratio of Public Fund Subsidy

Table 2-3-36. Number of Social Education Classes and Courses for the Elderly at the Boards of Education and Community Centers

Table 2-3-49. Status of Transportation Accessibility Improvement for Older Persons, etc.

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