Year: 1973 Source: Pacific Affairs, v.46, no.3, (1973), p.421-429 SIEC No: 20030980

This document describes the situation that existed in Japan in the 1970s that brought about new popular concern over aging. Issues stemming from elderly isolation & economic dependence are discussed. An emerging media fascination with suicide, euthanasia, & pokkuri shinko (prayers for a quick & painless death) is also explored in detail, as are issues concerning retirement & geriatric care. Popular media examples are used to highlight the author’s findings.