Why Japan's Elderly Are Endangering Its Military

Dramatic demographic shifts are challenging Abe's plans to expand the ambit of Japan's defense force.

Issue: January-February 2016

“The future that has already happened.” That is how Peter Drucker described the relevance of demographics. Around the world, policy makers are starting to agree, and governments are taking unprecedented steps to prepare for the next generation. After more than three decades, China has abolished its one-child policy in a dramatic departure from a core Communist Party position.

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