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Asia's Diaper Demographics: When A Nation Sells More Nappies For Adults Than For Babies

Japan has just crossed perhaps the most vivid line in the demographic divide. Still, there are other surprises about what may ensure future economic growth across Asia.

A rare baby-spotting in Tokyo...
A rare baby-spotting in Tokyo...
Betty Ng

Japan crossed a threshold this year. Sales of adult diapers are now greater than those destined for babies. Other statistics to do with the aging population are equally surprising. Not only are there a massive number of centenarians in Japan, but the country also accounts for half of Asia's 86,000 “longevity millionaires” -- people who have lived more than a million hours, that is, who are over 114 years old.

However, it’s not just in Japan that sales of nappies for adults are increasing; also in other Asian countries and regions such as China, Thailand and Taiwan. Meanwhile, populations in Indonesia and India are very young so the comparison highlights the diversification of Asia’s demography. The overall trend of an aging population will undoubtedly affect fundamental economic momentum such as demand, output and the labor market. At the same time it will also create driving forces for technologic innovation in the financial markets and various asset sectors.

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The dominance of a single narrative of globalization and liberal democracy is over.

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