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Coffee Hour: Growing Old

Author:Author unknown, Issue: October 2001, Topic: Coffee Hour

"My impression of Japan from the viewpoint of an old man" is the theme for this month's coffee hour. Mr. Ma Moon Hun from Korea will be our guest.

The Koreans have a traditional culture based on devotion to their family and on Confucian ethics, which is characteristic of oriental countries. They are very proud of respecting and taking care of their parents and the other elders in their neighborhood. This wonderful tradition has changed drastically in the past few years?it has been affected by western ideas of individuality.

Since it is common sense for people to take care of elderly parents in Korea, a welfare policy for the elderly is not well developed in Korea, at this time. The government supports only 10% of living costs and some other expenses such as public transportation. It is very important for Korean society to construct a more realistic policy because the traditional relationship between families is being destroyed.

This month's guest is Mr. Ma Moon Hun who came to Japan from Seoul last June. When he came to Japan, he was very impressed with the good medical service and the well-organized nursing system especially for the elderly. All of us inevitably will get older. When you are old, will your family help you? And your country? Let us discuss this important issue together.

Come and join the crowd at the monthly Coffee Hour at the Tsukuba Information Center on Wed., October 24 from 2 to 4 p.m. Refreshments will be provided.

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