Tokyo’s population continues to grow. Tokyo’s population in 1970 was almost 11.5 million, in 2000 a little more than 12 million, and in 2010 more than 13 million.
The percent of older people in Tokyo also continues to increase. The percent of people age 65 or older in Tokyo in 1990 was some 10 percent, in 2000 some 15 percent, and in 2010 some 20 percent.
Urbanization and aging are two important developments in modern society. Now for the first time in history a majority of the world’s population lives in urban areas. In 2000, about 10 percent of the world’s population was age 60 or older. By 2050, researchers estimate more than 20 percent of the world’s population will be 60 or older. How will increasing urbanization and life span impact on your experience in the future? How will they affect you as an individual, member of a family, worker, or citizen?
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