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The Aging of the World
The changing face of the people of the world beyond 2025 stems in systemic improvements in human mortality rates and medical technologies - simply put, as a species we live longer, and the impact of a shrinking youth bulge across many nations combined with the "grey surge" of senior citizens asks many questions about how global culture will evolve in the next twenty-five years.
China's working-age populace has been in decline since 2015, and while increased automation has bridged the gap, the greater number of retirees has been accelerated by a combination of a cultural tradition of early retirement and decades of government-mandated limited childbirth policies, instigated in order to limit stress on natural resources; while in neighboring Japan, for every two working-age citizens there is one senior, putting considerable pressure on geriatric support structures. Globally, the ratio is closer to one to three.