The coming super-aged death-ridden society

Author Name FUJI Kazuhiko (Senior Fellow, RIETI)
Creation Date/NO. December 2018 18-P-020
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In Japan, more than 1.5 million people will be dying every year in the near future.

Since World War II, more people have died in the hospital than at home. But in the future this ratio will reverse.

Additionally, the main providers of end of life care are likely to shift from family members to friends.

There are signs thatthe Value of old age and death is changing from negative to positive.

The coming of the age of AI (artificial Intelligence) has the potential to increase the value of death, because being aware of death is a source of human creativity.

The credit of currncy is originally derived from religious beliefs.

By taking advantage of the block chain technology we can construct networks for end of life care.

In order to turn the crisis of the coming super-aged death-ridden society into an opportunity we should build our society based on these new values.