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Poverty among the elderly

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Increasing inequality and rising poverty in Japan are the subject of debate. The view that rising inequality and poverty are inevitable phenomena accompanying the ageing of society is mainstream thinking. Debate among researchers about the causes of growing inequality and poverty began at the end of the 1990s, prompted by the fact that the Gini coefficient, which shows the level of inequality in income distribution, had been tending to rise. The fact that there are large inequalities among the elderly has been made clear through this debate, but it is striking that the need to rectify these inequalities has not been recognized. The growth of inequality is treated as if it were a natural phenomenon. Against a background of increasing poverty among the elderly, it is striking that recently in Japan policy measures have been taken that will increase poverty even more.

Keywords: ageing society; elderly people; income inequality; rising poverty



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