Japan: International: News: Hankyoreh

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Even though there are family members living together, the number of loneliness living together is increasing in Japan, where deaths are found only four days or more after their death. Living together alone is a case where even if the person living with us dies, a spouse who suffers from dementia or cannot behave properly is unable to inform the surroundings. In Japan, where the elderly population is large, it is emerging as a serious social problem. According to the Yomiuri Shimbun on the 22nd, there were 163 cases (persons) of loneliness living together confirmed during 2018 in the 23 wards area, which is located in central Tokyo. This is a 2.4-fold increase in 15 years compared to 2003 (68 cases), when statistics were collected in Tokyo’s 23 wards. In the 23 wards of Tokyo, the period of discovery of loneliness (163 cases) confirmed in 2018 was 87 cases in 4-7 days and 54 cases in 8-30 days, most (86.5%) within one month. However, 22 cases were discovered over a month, two of which were discovered one year after death. The death of cohabitation is not uncommon in other cities in Japan, such as Osaka and Kobe, in addition to Tokyo. In 2018, 35 cases were confirmed in Osaka City and 6 cases in Kobe City. In the case of loneliness living in Osaka, where the relationship between domestic partners was specified, the number of deaths (35) was 9 in their 60s and 8 in their 70s and 80s. In terms of household composition, couples accounted for the majority with 21 people. The reason for the late discovery was that the other family had dementia the most (9), and there were also two cases that were discovered late due to the death of a couple. The discovery was caused by reports from nearby residents who thought it was strange that the tap water was overflowing or the accumulation of mail. Yuki Yasuhiro (結城康博), a professor at Shukutoku University (social welfare studies), pointed out in the Yomiuri Shimbun that it is not unusual to see more than 1,000 people living together per year in Japan as a whole. He said that the problem of loneliness living together will become more serious in the future as the number of two-person households who are suffering from dementia or need help due to aging. In Japan, where women are 87.3 years old and men are 81.2 years old, Japan is a super-aged society with over 20% of the population aged 70 or older. The number of elderly people over 100 years old identified as of September this year by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare also increased by 9,176 people nationwide for a year to a total of 8,450. In terms of gender, women over 100 years old accounted for 88% of the total. yunhap news

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