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Study Report

Study Number: QM-510-001-1-1-Japan-RIETI-2007

Subject Area: Aging

Bibliographic Citation: Japanese study of aging and retirement, 2007.  [machine-readable data file] / Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry  [principal investigator(s)] / Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry  [distributor].

Originating Archive Number: JSTAR

Date Accessioned: 12/22/2010

Number of Files Received: 0

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Access Status: Restricted

Date Ordered: 12/22/2010

Documentation: Codebook file, questionnaire and other document files are available from

Abstract: Low fertility and increased life expectancy have propelled the aging process in Japan. According to the National Institute of Population and Social Security Research (NIPSSR) the number of people aged 65 years and above is expected to reach 30.5% of the total population in 2025. Japan faces a severe demographic challenge in terms of the share of the elderly population. The Japanese Study of Aging and Retirement (JSTAR) was designed to examine health, aging, and retirement in Japan and to improve public policies in social security and welfare services for elderly people in the future. It is modeled after the U.S. Health and Retirement Study and the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE). The first full-scale JSTAR was launched in January of 2007. Unlike a typical national representative sample, JSTAR's respondents were aged between 50 and 75 and randomly chosen from the household registration at the five municipalities: Takikawa city in Hokkaido, Sendai city, Adachi ward in Tokyo, Kanazawa city, and Shirakawa town in Gifu Prefecture. Information on a respondent's medical and long-term care use records were obtained from these municipalities when he or she agreed to release it to the JSTAR research team. JSTAR is the first comprehensive survey on the economic, social, and health conditions of elderly people in Japan.

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