“Japan’s 5 million dementia patients hold ¥143 trillion — and both numbers are on the rise”

“Dementia has been diagnosed in more than 5 million Japanese. The government estimates that number will increase to 7 million to 8 million, or 6 to 7 percent of the total population, by 2030. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development has a somewhat lower estimate that dementia will affect 3.8 percent of the country’s population by 2037, still the highest among the 35 OECD states and far above the average of 2.3 percent predicted for the group.” – The Japan Times

“An Indian entrepreneur aims to rid Japan of paper money, then repeat the trick in the US”

“Paytm founder and CEO Vijay Shekhar Sharma says his collaboration with SoftBank and Yahoo Japan is off to a better-than-expected start, according to a Business Standard report. The Japanese service, called PayPay, uses Paytm’s QR code payment technology and launched earlier this year. SoftBank Vision Fund is also an investor in Paytm, which is owned by Indian mobile-internet firm One97 Communications.” – By John Detrixhe (Quartz)

“Think tank says 2025 Osaka Expo will draw 3 million visitors from abroad”

“Given the sharp increase in the number of visitors to Japan in recent years, the percentage of foreign visitors to the Osaka Expo is projected to rise to around 10 percent from the roughly 5 percent who attended the 2005 Expo in Aichi Prefecture. The Osaka Expo will bring positive economic effects totaling ¥1.3 trillion to the Kansai region and ¥2.2 trillion across the country, the think tank predicted.” – The Japan Times