2015 国際助成プログラム International Grant Program      
(Grant Number)
(Project Title)
Livelihood Security for the Elderly in an Aging Society: Focusing on Japan, South Korea, Thailand, and Vietnam
金  成垣
Sung-won Kim
Meiji Gakuin University
(Grant Amount)
企画書・概要 (Abstract of Project Proposal)


Today, society is aging at a much faster pace in East Asia than in other countries, including Western countries and other regions. Japan is said to be a "problem-ridden advanced country" with respect to its aging society, because it leads the other East Asian countries and regions as regards the rapid aging of population. Hence, this study aims to achieve the following three objectives. First, we select four countries, namely Japan, South Korea, Thailand, and Vietnam, and we clarify their present situations and problems regarding the elderly, focusing on "livelihood security" for the elderly, which comprises income security (mainly employment policy and pension), living security (mainly self-support through activities such as agriculture, and a supporting family), and service security (mainly medical service and nursing care). Second, we discuss the measures and policies that Japan can demonstrate, as a "problem-ridden country," to other aging societies in the world, including those in Asia. This will allow countries to learn from each other's experiences, and to cooperate with other East Asian countries and regions. Third, using the research results from the first two objectives, we make policy proposals through which Japan can create practical and theoretical foundations to move away from a "problem-ridden advanced country" and become a "problem-solving advanced country".

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