Urban Demographics: Elderly Cities

Nanmoku is the city with the oldest population in Japan . It has 22 thousand inhabitants, of which 52.7% are older than 65 years old. The leaders of this city in the Japanese province of Gunma are desperate. They urgently need young people to renew their population or else be prepared to “disappear from the map”. In a last attempt to change this dramatic situation, since last December the city has offered a house and 150 000 yen (around 1300 USD) to whoever is between the ages of 20 and 40 years old and moves to the city for at least 3 years, taking part in an urban and social revitalization programme currently being implemented. As of last Monday of January 26th no one had applied to the programme . There is total desolation in the city that survives mainly from the cultivation of konnyaku (a type of potato) and flowers. They are urgently looking for new ideas that will c...

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