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NHK Documentary

Hard-hitting documentary that takes an in-depth look at some of the political, economic, and social challenges that Japan - and our world - is facing.


Sat.1:10 - 2:00
7:10 - 8:00
13:10 - 14:00
19:10 - 20:00

Nov. 29, Sat.

Adrift in Old Age: Facing Bankruptcy in Retirement

Today, some 6 million seniors live alone in Japan. Many have only their pension to live on. The living conditions of about half of the pensioners don't meet the government's minimum standard. Many have exhausted their savings and can't afford proper medical or nursing care. They're in a state of virtual "retirement bankruptcy". Why are more and more seniors forced to live below the subsistence level? We'll take a look at the harsh reality they face.