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Japan’s rapidly aging population is producing some interesting new business opportunities, including a booming market for adult nappies/diapers.
The Nikkei newspaper reported on Thursday that three Japanese paper companies—Daio, and Nippon Paper—are expanding their manufacturing facilities for what are politely called “incontinence products” due to an expected surge in demand. The Nikkei said adult diapers are expected to outsell baby diapers in Japan by 2020, but according to Unicharm, Japan’s biggest diaper maker, the tipping point occurred in 2011.
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Age structure: 0-14 years: 13.2% (male 8,681,728 / female 8,132,809)
15-24 years: 9.7% (male 6,429,429 / female 5,890,991)
25-54 years: 38.1% (male 23,953,64 / female 24,449,655)
55-64 years: 13.2% (male 8,413,872 / female 8,400,953)
65 years and over: 25.8% (male 14,218,655 / female 18,531,653)
A useful interactive population pyramid for both the world and individual countries is available here.