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Sports and demographic change in Japan

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This chapter identifies the way sport in Japan is affected by demographic change directly and indirectly. It focuses on the elderly and their sport experience, although outcomes of this ongoing process of change are of concern for the entire population. The chapter sketches out the discussion on the widely claimed benefits of rising sport participation rates. It demonstrates how government agencies use sports to address the challenges of ageing and old age. The chapter identifies some outstanding aspects of the demographics of sport and the way sport is accommodated by the consumer industry. It discusses the most urgent problems associated with Japan's sports policy, and finally, how the notions of sport and age themselves are affected by the changes within the broader social environment.

Keywords: ageing society; demographic change; Japanese government; sport participation



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