Here are some supporting figures about the aging population and the lack of diversity and risk taking in Japan.
A quarter of the population will be over 65 years old, and at the same time, children 14 years or less will represent only half of the population of 65 or older – Japan will be the oldest nation in the world.
(2) Financial burden of this ageing population:
The current average annual burden on a worker (taxes, medical insurance and public pension): approx. 2.5 million yen, or about 20,000 dollars US. By 2020, this would have more than doubled, to 6.2 million, or about 50,000 dollars US.
(3) From 2024, the actual GDP growth rate might become negative as an on-going trend: by 2025, current account will be in deficits, which, combined with the already aggravated fiscal account deficit, will result in Japan having a twin-deficit problem as a permanent burden.
Entrepreneurship is not socially accepted
Percentage “yes” on item: People you know respect those starting a new business - 1999
Japan 10% US almost 100%
Lack of diversity
4% of the top universities provide 32% of the CEO's for public companies