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Dwelling Design Guidelines for Accessibility in the Aging Society

A New Era in Japan?
  • Satoshi Kose
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Abstract

Japan will be one of the most aged societies in the years to come (Campbell, 1992). It is crucial to prepare for this change since the speed of aging of Japan’s population is unparalleled in the world. It took only 24 years for the aged population in Japan to double from just 7% (1970) to 14% (1994); in 2020, the percentage of aged will be over 25% (National Institute of Population Problems, 1991). A rather pessimistic, but still realistic, estimate is that the aged will exceed 30% because birthrate, which is just around 1.5 in recent years, will not reverse its declining trend.

Keywords

Aged Person Design Guideline Aging Society Housing Construction Universal Design 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Satoshi Kose
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  1. 1.Building Research InstituteMinistry of ConstructionTatehara, Tsukuba 305Japan

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