Review Of ' Jiro Dreams Of Sushi '

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While aging populations are becoming increasingly prevalent throughout the world, this essay will focus on older adults in Japan and how their numbers have changed over the years. The film “Jiro Dreams of Sushi” will also be discussed as an example of one older adult’s experiences of life in Japan. While this film is obviously not everyone’s experience and cannot be generalized to everyone, it is an interesting perspective on this one Japanese man’s life and raises interesting questions of how the viewer would like to see themselves spend their time as they age.

In Japan, like many other countries, there has been significant change in regards to both aging population percentages and numbers. For example, in 1950, the number of individuals aged sixty-five plus was around four million ("", 2016). In that year the percentage of older individuals was around five percent ("", 2016). By 2010, the number of individuals aged sixty five plus had increased to just over twenty-eight million (Morioka, 2010). This large increase was shown by the percentage of older adults skyrocketing from around five percent in 1950, to around twenty-two percent in 2010 (Morioka, 2010). While it may appear that raising eighteen percent over sixty years is not that much, it certainly is when policies and programs regarding aging are usually not in place or even thought of yet.

In 2012, the sex ratio was about sixteen women to every ten men in the age bracket

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