[On-Site Report] Japan is now trying to figure out how to deal with one of the most rapidly aging societies in the world. While health care and social security are major concerns, some experts also see business opportunity. Yumiko Murakami, head of the OECD Tokyo Centre and regular commentator on our show, says that there is untapped business potential in Japan's growing elderly population. In this episode, we visit 2 companies that are already putting that theory to the test - a metal processing company which has lowered labor costs by hiring older employees and a business started by aging tech whizzes that makes high-performance speakers designed for the hearing impaired.
[Global Trends] Marie Kondo is a so-called organizing consultant from Japan who has become a cultural phenomenon in the United States. Her book, "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up" is a bestseller at New York bookstores, and an Internet-streamed series featuring her is a smash hit. We look at why the "KonMari" method is gaining followers abroad. We also take part in a workshop, which shows how getting rid of household clutter can lead to a simpler and happier life.
Older metal processing staff being trained by their younger counterparts (KATO MFG)
Elderly tech and audio experts pose with some speakers they helped to create (SoundFun)