Life on the side in Tokyo

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Angel Plan?

"A 70-year-old subway security guard was crushed to death at Nagatacho station on Tuesday morning when a ticket vending machine that he and four other station staff were carrying tipped over and fell down the stairs near the exit." reports crisscross news agency.
So the question comes to mind, what the hell is a 70 year old guy doing hoisting a heavy ticket machine? I suppose we will see more of these types of news reports in the coming years as Japan's aging population starts to decline. The Angel Plan and the New Angel Plan from 10 and 5 years ago have done little to increase the birthrate and the ruling party refuses to consider immigration as a solution. Instead it hopes to entice more couples to have "Plus One" children, to get more women into the workforce and to have the elderly work until know.


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