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China planning new policies to take on ageing population: State media

November 23, 2020 8:45 AM

China will offer extensive financial and policy support to encourage couples to have more children.

'Hardcore grandma': Ageing fitness buff proves hit in China

September 25, 2020 7:02 AM

SHANGHAI (AFP) - Chen Jifang hits the gym for at least two hours every day and has the physique to prove it. At nearly 70, she's being held up as a shining example as China orders its vast population to get fit and lose the bulge.

Tokyo's 'Harajuku for Grandmas' losing elderly appeal

September 06, 2020 1:14 AM

TOKYO - Harajuku is renowned as Tokyo's mecca for outlandish youth culture, but over in the city's north-west is a district known as Sugamo that has come to be affectionately known as "Harajuku for Grandmas".

In historic first, G-20 weighs ageing as global risk

June 10, 2019 5:00 AM

FUKUOKA (Japan) • Ballooning healthcare costs, labour shortages and financial services for the elderly: For the first time, the world's top policymakers are tackling economic issues relating to ageing and shrinking birthrates.

South Korean grannies join kids in school to learn 3Rs

April 29, 2019 5:00 AM

GANGJIN COUNTY (South Korea) • Every morning on her way to school, first-grader Hwang Wol-geum rides the same yellow bus as three of her family members: One is in kindergarten, another a third grader, and the other a fifth grader.

Running out of children, a South Korea school enrols illiterate grandmothers

April 28, 2019 11:59 AM

GANGJIN COUNTY, SOUTH KOREA (NYTIMES) - Every morning on her way to school, first-grader Hwang Wol-geum rides the same yellow bus as three of her family members: One is a kindergartener, another a third grader, and the other a fifth grader.

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