Talk:Elderly people in Japan

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Radio[edit]

On Radiolab's show # 305 a speaker introduces the concept of 'Obaa-siteh' (sp?) where japanese elderly were abandoned in the wilderness when they became a burden on others, supposedly enacted in the past few centuries. Is there any information supporting this? If anyone finds that there is I think that it is relevant to this topic.

I don't have any references for that practice specifically, but it's what forms the plot in The Ballad of Narayama (both the book and the two movies). I'm sorry that I couldn't give you any clearer directions. Douggers (talk) 14:53, 31 January 2008 (UTC)

Suspicious/poor paragraph: roumap.com[edit]

The number of elderly living in Japan's retirement or nursing homes also increased from around 75,000 in 1970 to more than 216,000 in 1987.Some company in Japan, think these trends are chances for business.For example, roumap.com is Japanese nursing home site. This service provides you "word of mouth" about nursing home. Everybody can search nursing home near by your house and contribute to the third party evaluation system.

Above block was added in one edit on 22-Feb-2007 by an anonymous source (comparison here). Even if not motivated by self interest it would require editing for grammar. Ghost.scream (talk) 11:16, 1 April 2008 (UTC)

POV stuff[edit]

Some of the material in this article seems a little opinionated for an encyclopedia article: "Japan has a national holiday called Respect for the Aged Day, but for most people it is merely another day for picnics or an occasion when the commuter trains run on holiday schedules." Is there a citation for that? Also, I would personally believe hanging signs on trains reminding commuters to give up their seats for the elderly has more to do with a cultural compulsion to notify people about everything (even basic things) than an indicator of declining respect. In any case, it's not a strong argument. Brutannica (talk) 18:05, 6 January 2009 (UTC)