Japan debates care for elderly

National discourse shifts from how to pay for the care of senior citizens to who will care for them.

    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.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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