Nearly a fifth of elderly Japanese live in relative poverty, meaning their income is less than half of the national median household income. Photo: EPA-EFE Nearly a fifth of elderly Japanese live in relative poverty, meaning their income is less than half of the national median household income. Photo: EPA-EFE
Nearly a fifth of elderly Japanese live in relative poverty, meaning their income is less than half of the national median household income. Photo: EPA-EFE

Coronavirus worsens lives of Japan’s elderly workers as pandemic shuts businesses

  • The pandemic has closed shops and offices and left some of the most vulnerable members of the labour force untethered
  • Nearly a fifth of elderly Japanese live in relative poverty. For some, part-time jobs are a lifeline

Topic |   Coronavirus pandemic
Nearly a fifth of elderly Japanese live in relative poverty, meaning their income is less than half of the national median household income. Photo: EPA-EFE Nearly a fifth of elderly Japanese live in relative poverty, meaning their income is less than half of the national median household income. Photo: EPA-EFE
Nearly a fifth of elderly Japanese live in relative poverty, meaning their income is less than half of the national median household income. Photo: EPA-EFE
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