First published: Nikkei Asian Review, 28/08/2014
The rapid aging of the population is widely recognized as one of the most daunting challenges facing developed economies, such as Japan and Germany. Less attention has been paid to the fact that graying demographics are a ubiquitous global phenomenon — even in once youthful emerging Asia.
Asians born today can expect to live about 30 years longer than their grandparents, most of whom were born in the 1950s. In developing Asia, life expectancy at birth is now roughly 70 years for men and a little over 73 for women, and gerontologists say the rise is far from over. This is an important measure of the success — and rising quality of life — that has spread from rich countries to the emerging and developing world….“more:”