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Harnessing the Power of Grey: Aging Societies and Revitalizing Regional Urban Centers in Japan and the United States

Nearly 40 percent of Japan’s population is expected to be over 65 years old by 2060, addressing the needs of a greying society could well be Japan’s single biggest challenge. In the United States, a steady flow of immigration has kept the demographic spread more balanced, but some cities are facing more obstacles than others to address the concerns of an aging population. Yet meeting the needs of an increasingly aging population could actually lead to greater innovation and efficiencies in urban areas. Join us for a discussion on how some regional urban centers in Japan and the United States are addressing issues related to aging populations, and how the attractiveness of cities worldwide may be redefined as a result. 

Image: Flickr/P. Bibler (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)


  • Naomi Uchida

    Associate Professor, Saitama University’s Faculty of Economics
  • Robert H. McNulty

    Global Fellow
    President, Partners for Livable Communities
  • Blair A. Ruble

    Distinguished Fellow
    former Wilson Center Vice President for Programs (2014-2017); Director of the Comparative Urban Studies Program/Urban Sustainability Laboratory (1992-2017); Director of the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies (1989-2012) and Director of the Program on Global Sustainability and Resilience (2012-2014)