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Ageing planet: The new demographic timebomb

By Emma Graham-Harrison and Justin McCurry

22 Jan 2023 · 8 min read

Editor's Note

As birthrates fall and people live longer, many countries face a demographic timebomb. But very few governments have started making the social and political changes needed, the Guardian reports.

In Japan even criminals are getting old. In the country’s notorious yakuza crime syndicates, more than half of members are now over 50, according to the national police agency.

Veterans who have passed 70 outnumber those in their 20s by two to one, even though younger men are the groups’ traditional source of “muscle”.

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