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In Aging Japan, Under 75 Is the New ‘Pre-Old’

September 24, 2021, 9:00 pm
In Aging Japan, Under 75 Is the New ‘Pre-Old’
NAGANO, Japan—Sachiko Kobayashi turns 65 next year, but she isn’t eager to be called elderly—not with a job making box lunches, a crafts business and a garden full of pumpkins and radishes. The good news is that so long as she stays in Nagano, she won’t be elderly next year, or even in 2030. The city, eager to keep its older residents active, has redefined the word so that only those 75 and older qualify.
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