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Japan rice fields ‘in danger’

The dramatic rice fields of Japan are a powerful feature of its landscape and cultural heritage. But the age old practice of cultivation is in danger.  The lure of city life is draining the countryside of its youth, and farmers are … Continue reading

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Japan’s women toast their own health as life expectancy rises again

Now living to an average of 86.4, Japanese women say longevity down to a fishy diet, exercise and sleep. And sake Japanese women have enjoyed the longest life expectancy in the world for a quarter of a century, according to … Continue reading

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The retirement tsunami

As the baby boomers bound towards retirement, experts agree this country can no longer afford to keep paying superannuation from the age of 65. But the Government, nervous about upsetting greying voters, does not want to engage. So will the … Continue reading

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Creating Safer and Kinder Districts to Grow Old

New York City has given pedestrians more time to cross at more than 400 intersections in an effort to make streets safer for older residents. The city has sent yellow school buses, filled not with children but with elderly people, … Continue reading

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Thailand urged to provide incentives for women to produce ‘qualitative’ children

As Thailand is facing sharp declines in birth and death rates, an academic population expert advised on Sunday, World Population Day, that the government should lay out measures to encourage people to produce ‘qualitative rather than quantitative children’. Prof Pramote … Continue reading

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Baby boomers: powerful and selfish

We’ve had the best of times. Now we’re using our voting muscle to ensure our children inherit a far harsher world We are the first generation in which pretty well everyone can read and write fairly fluently. We had the freedom … Continue reading

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China’s urban dwellers to exceed rural population

China’s urban population is expected to surpass 700 million in the next five years, exceeding the number of rural dwellers for the first time, the country’s top population policy official was cited as saying in a report Sunday. The shift has … Continue reading

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Genes predict living beyond 100

What makes these people live a very long life is not a lack of genetic predisposition to diseases, but rather an enrichment of longevity. Paola Sebastiani, Boston University http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science_and_environment/10475018.stm

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Preparing More Care of Elderly

With a nudge from the new health care law and pressure fromMedicare, hospitals, doctors and nurses are struggling to prepare for explosive growth in the numbers of high-risk elderly patients. More than 40 percent of adult patients in acute care hospital … Continue reading

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Can baby ‘bot help Japan reproduce?

Yotaro cries, giggles, and kicks when you tickle him. He sneezes and his nose runs. When he is upset, his rattle calms him down. An average baby — sort of — since Yotaro is a robot. His inventors hope he … Continue reading

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