Encyclopedia of Geropsychology

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Older People and Their Psychological Well-Being in Japan: Evidence from the Japanese Study of Ageing and Retirement (JSTAR)

  • Hideki HashimotoEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-287-080-3_40-1


The Japanese Study of Ageing and Retirement (JSTAR) is a member survey of a cross-country harmonization project based on the U.S. Heath and Retirement Study, to provide a comprehensive measurement of demographics, physical and psychological health, socioeconomic conditions, and social and labor participation of aged over 50 to 75 in 10 cities in Japan. The data is publicly available for research and policy purposes from the Research Institute of Economics, Trade, and Industry, Japan.


As of 2013, Japan’s life expectancy is 80.2 years for males and 86.6 for females (Ministry of Health Labour and Welfare 2014). Japan’s life expectancy exceeded the OECD average in the late 1970s and has continued to extend until today.

Achievement of longevity has mixed impact on the life of older Japanese. Older Japanese people enjoy not only the longest life expectancy but also the longest healthy life expectancy in the world, though the proportion of disabled life years to total...


Japan Panel data Psychological well-being Health Socioeconomic conditions Social participation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Health and Social BehaviorThe University of Tokyo School of Public HealthBunkyo, TokyoJapan