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Demographic Challenges in Asian Pensions

Paying for pensions is vital to the quality of life for future retirees in Asia.  It's also an issue of great political and economic importance to current and future policy makers in the region.  They are currently wrestling with the dual problems of growing population in the poorest of countries while more developed Asia powers face the quickly approaching reality of rapid aging and declining population. 

Paying for Retirement: Challenges for Private Pension Development in Eastern Europe

How to meet the economic as well as social needs of the elderly is a challenge for any government. It has been particularly taxing for countries transitioning from a command economy in to a free market economy, as citizens have had to adjust expectations for what they should expect from the private as well as public sectors to fund their retirement. Adapting expectations and educating current and future pensioners has been a tremendous hurdle for governments as they look to making fundamental changes in paying for pensions.

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.

World Population and Human Capital in the Twenty-first Century (Book Launch)

With UN demographers more certain than ever that global population will reach between 10 and 12 billion by the end of the century, the challenge of building a sustainable future seems daunting. But according to Wolfgang Lutz, founding director of the Vienna-based Wittgenstein Center for Demography and Global Human Capital, these projections miss one crucial variable: increasing levels of education.

The Foreign Policy and Security Implications of Global Aging for the Future of Japan-U.S. Relations

The population bomb is ticking across industrialized nations, including Japan and the United States. The exact estimates may differ, but the message is the same: life expectancy in wealthier nations continues to grow on the one hand, leading to a rapidly aging society, while a fall in birth rates will put growing pressure on taxpayers on the other. How to manage that apparent imbalance in the population equation is a challenge that will only continue to grow further in coming years, given that there is no single, quick-fix answer to a looming question.

The Other Welfare: Supplemental Security Income and U.S. Social Policy

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Historical Perspectives on International and National Affairs

“The Other Welfare:
Supplemental Security Income and U.S. Social Policy”

Edward Berkowitz

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Japan Can't Spend Its Way Out of a Recession

Northeast Asia associate Shihoko Goto writes in World Politics Review that Japan must cut welfare spending and boost female employment in addition to reviewing immigration policy for longer-term growth. http://www.worldpoliticsreview.com/articles/12665/japan-cant-spend-its-w...

How Society and Security Are Changing in an Aging World

“We are in the midst of a silent revolution,” said Ann Pawliczko, a senior technical advisor in the population and development branch at the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), quoting former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan. “It is a revolution that extends well beyond demographics, with major economic, social, cultural, psychological, and spiritual implications.”