From silver to gold: The impact of Japan’s ageing population is an Economist Intelligence Unit report, commissioned by GE. The Economist Intelligence Unit bears sole responsibility for the content of this report. The findings and views expressed within do not necessarily reflect the views of GE.
This paper provides insights into implications for Japan of the rapidly ageing population, and outlines some of the challenges that will need to be addressed for Japan to capitalize on the potential opportunities presented by this demographic phenomenon. It is based on interviews with leading experts and senior executives as well as extensive desk research.
The report was written (in both languages) by Dr Amie Nagano and Dr Takato Mori, and the English text was edited by Laurel West.
We would like to thank all of the interviewees for their time and insights. The following individuals were interviewed for the study (in alphabetical order, by company):
Elizabeth Cobbs, Senior Director, Public & Industry Policy Office, Banyu Pharmaceuticals
Toshihiko Morita, Director, Autonomous Systems Laboratory, Human Centric Computing Laboratories, Fujitsu Laboratories
Masami Saito, Chairman, Japan Association for Improving Geriatric Medicine
Hirofumi Nakayama, Executive Director, The Japan Stroke Association
Hiroshi Nakamura, Professor, Keio Business School, Keio University
Kanao Tsuji, Representative Director, Life Care System
Hiroyuki Nagahama, Vice-Minister, Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare
Toshio Yamamura, General Manager, Medical Healthcare Business Division, Consumer Service Business Unit, Mitsui & Co
Tatsuro Fuse, President, Secom Medical System
Katsutoshi Nishikawa, Director, Secom Medical System
Yasuchika Hasegawa, President & Chief Executive Officer, Takeda Pharmaceutical
Yoichi Takamoto, Chief Executive Officer, Tmsuk
Hiroko Akiyama, Professor, Institute of Gerontology, University of Tokyo
Tetsuo Tsuji, Professor, Institute of Gerontology, University of Tokyo