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Japanese Holiday: Respect for the Aged Day

September 15, 2008

Respect-for-the-Aged Day (敬老の日, Keirō no hi) is a Japanese holiday celebrated annually to honor elderly citizens. A national holiday since 1966, this used to be held on September 15. Beginning in 2003, Respect for the Aged Day is held on the third Monday of September.

This national holiday traces its origins to 1947, when Nomatanimura (now Yachiyocho), Hyōgo Prefecture proclaimed September 15 Old Folks’ Day (Toshiyori no Hi). Its popularity spread nationwide, and in 1966 it took its present name and status. Annually, Japanese media take the opportunity to feature the elderly, reporting on the population and highlighting the oldest people in the country.(Wiki)

Tomoji Tanabe is the world’s oldest living man currently. He is 113 years old.

Further Reading:

What is Respect for the Aged Day?
Japan faces pension crisis as number of people over 100 passes 36,000

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2 comments

  1. the state has taken the responsibility to honour elderly people in a befitting manner. the elders are our source and resource.they should not be ignored and the development of a societry can be measured in terms of the value its people place on the elderly. once a person ages, they should not be rejected or isolated, they should still continue to be integrated in the society. in india, the bond between the generations were very strong, but now there is strain in the relationships .


  2. Indeed, elders should be respected and be integrated in the society. The future presents a challenge though because the population of elders in some countries will rise significantly in a couple of decades.



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