Population aging

In this Sept. 30, 2019, photo, a signboard says "Consumption tax hike, 8 percent to 10 percent", at a mass home electronics retailer in Tokyo. Japan has raised consumption tax to 10 percent from 8 percent, amid concerns that it could sink the Japanese economy though government officials say ample measures are taken to minimize the impact. (Shinji Kita/Kyodo News via AP)
October 01, 2019 - 4:14 am
TOKYO (AP) — Japan raised its national sales tax to 10% from 8% on Tuesday, risking short-term pain for the sake of the country's future financial stability as it copes with a fast aging and shrinking population. Previous tax increases, a 2-point increase to 5% in 1997 and another to 8% in 2014,...
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Chairman Antti Rinne, left, of the Social Democratic Party and the Centre Party chairman Juha Sipil' joke during parliamentary elections debate arranged by newspaper Helsingin Sanomat in Helsinki, Finland, on April 9, 2019. Finns are voting upcoming Sunday April 14, in parliamentary elections dominated by anxieties over climate change and how to preserve their generous welfare model while having one of the world’s most rapidly ageing populations. (Vesa Moilanen/Lehtikuva via AP)
April 12, 2019 - 10:42 am
HELSINKI (AP) — Finns will be voting Sunday in a parliamentary election shaped by debates on how best to preserve their generous welfare model despite having one of the world's most rapidly aging populations. And in this Nordic nation, which has one-third of its territory above the Arctic Circle,...
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FILE - In this Dec. 21, 2016, file photo, family physician Leslie Hayes listens for a fetal heartbeat while attending to a 40-year-old mother, not seen, who is being treated for an addiction to heroin with the anti-craving medication Subutext, at the El Centro Family Health medical clinic in Espanola, N.M. "The Providers," set to air on the PBS Independent Lens series this week, looks at the challenges three health care workers in rural New Mexico face as they give services to aging patients and those struggling with addiction. (AP Photo/Morgan Lee, File)
April 08, 2019 - 12:07 am
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Northern New Mexico is known for tourist attractions such as artsy Santa Fe, eclectic Taos and the healing dirt of El Santuario de Chimayó. The region's relaxing spas and skiing options present middle-class and wealthy visitors the opportunity to bask in the allurement of...
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The leader of Thailand's Democrat Party Abhisit Vejjajiva talks to The Associated Press during an interview Wednesday, March 20, 2019. in Bangkok, Thailand. Abhisit says if he becomes prime minister after Sunday’s election, he’ll make careful but forceful efforts to undo undemocratic constitutional clauses imposed by the military government that took power in 2014. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
March 20, 2019 - 9:23 pm
BANGKOK (AP) — The leader of Thailand's oldest political party said if he becomes prime minister after Sunday's elections, he will make forceful but careful efforts to undo undemocratic provisions in the constitution imposed by the military government that seized power in 2014. Abhisit Vejjajiva,...
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Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso speaks during a budget committee meeting at the lower house of the parliament in Tokyo Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019. Aso reluctantly apologized for saying childless people are to blame for the country's rising social security costs and its aging and declining population. Aso said Tuesday that he apologized if some people found his remarks "unpleasant." (Yohei Kanasashi/Kyodo News via AP)
February 05, 2019 - 3:38 am
TOKYO (AP) — Japan's Finance Minister Taro Aso has reluctantly apologized for saying childless people are to blame for the country's rising social security costs and its aging and declining population. "If it made some people feel uncomfortable, I apologize," Aso said Tuesday after drawing...
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Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda delivers a speech at a symposium in Tokyo Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019. Kuroda warned of unforeseen risks in guiding economic policy as the country’s population declines. (Kyodo News via AP)
January 17, 2019 - 2:48 am
TOKYO (AP) — Japan faces unforeseen risks in guiding economic policy as its population of about 126 million ages and declines, the governor of its central bank said Thursday. Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda told fellow financial leaders Thursday that policies must be devised to prevent the...
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FILE - In a Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018 file photo, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell addresses the Federal Reserve Board's 15th annual College Fed Challenge Finals in Washington. Powell said Monday, Dec. 3, 2018 that Powell says that despite solid economic progress, the country still faces a number of challenges including slow wage-growth for lower-income workers to sluggish productivity and an aging population. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)
December 03, 2018 - 6:47 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said Monday that despite solid economic progress, the country still faces a number of challenges ranging from slow wage-growth for lower-income workers to sluggish productivity and an aging population. Powell said in remarks at a Fed award...
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Liberal Democratic Party President Shinzo Abe, right, waves with former Defense Minister Shigeru Ishiba after the ruling party presidential elections at its headquarters in Tokyo, Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018. Abe handily defeated his sole challenger Ishiba. Prime Minister Abe was re-elected Thursday to a third term as leader of the ruling party, paving the way for him to serve as prime minister for up to three more years.(AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
September 20, 2018 - 7:39 am
TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was re-elected as head of his ruling Liberal Democratic Party in a landslide Thursday, paving the way for up to three more years as the nation's leader and a push toward a constitutional revision. The decisive victory may embolden Abe to pursue his...
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