To combat an ageing population in Japan, the city of Chiba in Greater Tokyo is subsidising newlyweds who move into specially chosen buildings that house predominantly older residents.
Ever looked at a care home and wanted to live next door? Consider yourself particularly accustomed to the company of elderly people?
Starting next month, Chiba in Greater Tokyo will be subsidising up to $2,319 to new couples who move into specially selected complexes that house mostly elderly people. Those under the age of 39 can apply, and must be recognised as lifetime partners under the city’s partnership system.
This move is designed to combat Japan’s ageing population, which is currently the oldest in the world. In fact, it has had a declining birth rate since the 1970s and is wrestling with a shrinking population.
Long-term, experts warn that this could lead to a reduced workforce, diminishing Japan’s economy and causing significant labour shortages.
You may be thinking – how exactly will living next to older people help with the population crisis?