Chen Wan-xuan, a student from Taiwan, raises a spoonful of salad to the mouth of an elderly resident at a nursing home in Asahikawa as she speaks quietly to him. “Please eat this slowly,” the caregiver says in clear Japanese to the man, who is in his 90s.
Note that Japanese never orders the pair as left to right. According to Chinese tradition, the position of right is higher than that of the left. This notion is also reflected in Japanese terms such as 左遷 (させん), which means demotion in a company.
The nation's workforce in 2040 is projected to plummet by 18.8 percent from 2017 unless the economy picks up and more women and elderly people join the working population, according to the labor ministry.
This is an opportunity to exchange ideas between Jakarta Provincial Government, experts, urban issues activists in Jakarta, as well as Nordic experts and institutions that have provided solutions to problems in the city