In just a quarter of a century, Japan has built itself into the third economic power of the world with a gross national product of $ US270 billion dollars. (GBP109 billion sterling).
WS Ginza street scenes.
CU & MS young couple. (3 shots)
CU Old woman
LV Young couple
MS Old woman to camera and dissolve.
NS INTO FOCUS old woman at Yokufuuen.
CU Old man
CU Two old men on bench.
WS PAN - Yokufuuen
MS & CU Old woman eating (2 shots)
MS & CU PAN - Ward to women sewing. (10 shots)
MS PAN - Rehabilitation room.
CU Water lilies
WS Exterior shots of the nursing home.
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Background: In just a quarter of a century, Japan has built itself into the third economic power of the world with a gross national product of $ US270 billion dollars. (GBP109 billion sterling).
This rapid growth has been achieved at the cost of a polluted environment and lasting damage to much of Japan's cultural and social traditions.
The strain of life in modern Japan is perhaps hardest on the elderly. About 7.6 million people -- more than seven per cent of the population -- are aged over sixty.
They must face the high cost of living without social security payments, without adequate nursing homes and often without the support of their children.
Its estimated that about 660,000 elderly Japanese live alone.
Many have been deserted by their children who have left the family and moved away to follow job opportunities. With the rising cost of living, many young couples can no longer afford to support old relatives financially, and the elderly are left to fend for themselves.
The break-down in the family unit has caused an immense social problem. The number of suicides by old people is increasing, particularly amongst those troubled by loneliness, poor living conditions and insufficient money.
At present, there are not enough nursing homes to cater for Japan's aged. Private homes are expensive and government homes are hard to get into. This film shows life at the Yokufu-uen Nursing Home, one of the better government-operated homes.