The Japanese culture values the elderly. Appreciation for elders has been engrained in families and their children, making Japan one of the most kind places in the world for seniors.
Many Japanese families have several generations living under one roof. This arrangement is believed to be one of the many reasons the elderly in Japan live longer than any other population. In fact, there are more elderly citizens than young people in Japan as the population is comprised of more people over the age of 65 than any other group, according to the Administration on Aging.
Happiness and longevity, well into the latter part of life in Japan, have been attributed to strong community bonds, family and healthy living that includes plenty of exercise and healthy, low-fat diets. Honoring tradition to care for and respect family members, especially seniors, doesn’t hurt.