PHOTOGRAPH BY  NORIKO HAYASHI . ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.  A woman takes care of her mother, who is waiting to enter a nursing home.  She is not alone. Approximately 520,000 seniors are on waiting lists for nursing homes in Japan. As the country's elderly population continues to grow (people aged 65+ currently represent 25% of population) and as the government continues to scale back funding for nursing homes and staff, working-age children are increasingly feeling the pressure.  Many women and men must give up their careers to take care of their parents, and with people living longer, "young" senior citizens must even act as caregivers for  their  parents.  By 2025, Japan will need 2.5 million caregivers. By 2060, senior citizens will represent 40% of the population.
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