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METI Releases the Report by the Study Group on the Provision of Nursing Care Services in Response to Future Nursing Care Demand

Since December 2015, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) has been holding meetings of the Study Group on the Provision of Nursing Care Services in Response to Future Nursing Care Demand and hereby announces that the Study Group has compiled a report. This report proposes measures towards providing appropriate nursing care services in response to the declining birth rate and aging population.

1. Background

In the future, as it is expected that demand for nursing care services, nursing care insurance premiums and the tax burden for household budgets and enterprises will all increase due to the continual declining birth rate and aging population, it will likely become difficult to secure the necessary nursing care workers to cover demand.
In addition, it is also expected that the economic and social circumstances of elderly people and the supply of and demand for nursing care services in each region will change in the future. Therefore, it will be necessary to take measures in response to these changes.

2.Summary of the report

This report proposes directions and measures to be taken in working toward the ideal state of nursing care services in response to future nursing care demand toward 2035, when the baby boomer generation will exceed the age of 85, based on future regional characteristics and economic and social circumstances of elderly people.

In order to secure the necessary nursing care services in the future, the report suggests that it will be necessary for the public and private sectors to proceed with comprehensive efforts to clarify their different roles while working together in particular areas where cooperation between them is necessary. Such efforts include:

  • improving the quality and productivity of nursing care services by utilizing nursing care equipment, IT, and other equipment;
  • establishing a system for providing nursing care services based on the density of nursing care demand and the number of nursing care workers in each region; and
  • establishing a system which provides support for elderly people.

For details, see the Japanese language press release,

Release date

March 24, 2016

Division in Charge

Industrial Structure Policy Division, Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau

Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry1-3-1 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8901, Japan Tel: +81-(0)3-3501-1511
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