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Top economies are getting older

Japan, South Korea and Italy are in trouble

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Globally, life expectancy has increased remarkably - up from 46.5 years in 1950 to 71.7 years in 20221 . In some richer countries like Japan, people expect to live up to 85 years.

However, declining birth rates are making these societies grow older. In Japan, births fell to a record low in 2023 (the eight straight year of decline)2 .

This isn’t good news. And we see this is happening across all developed countries. The resulting demographic imbalance (as shown in the chart) can strain economies - overburdening healthcare, altering fiscal policies and putting those working under high pressure.

Technologies like AI may help - unlocking human productivity and creativity, enabling us to do more with less. However, the challenge is significant.

What do you think should happen? Can we sustain increasingly older societies?


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1  Source: World Economic Forum

2  Source: Reuters

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