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Japan debates care for elderly
National discourse shifts from how to pay for the care of senior citizens to who will care for them.
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2010 10:24 GMT

For the first time in Japan the number of people aged 80 and above has topped eight million. It is a figure that has grown twenty-two-fold over the last 60 years.

But as family ties weaken in modern-day Japan, many questions are being raised as to how the elderly should be cared for. Al Jazeera's Tony Birtley reports from Tokyo.

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