To support the family
The average lifespan of the Japanese in 1991 was 75.9 years for males and 81.9 for females, the longest in the world (Ministry of Health and Welfare, 1991). Since 1950, the birthrate in Japan has declined rapidly and is now the second lowest in the world. This, in turn, has brought about a rapid increase in the ratio of elderly people to the entire population, at present about 12%. Although this is not remarkably high compared to Western countries, the ratio is expected to increase rapidly in the remaining years of this century. By the beginning of the next century, Japan will have one of the highest percentages of elderly in the world.
KeywordsHealth Nurse Welfare Service Osaka Prefecture Social Welfare Service Gold Plan
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