People walk across a street in Tokyo July 12, 2009.   REUTERS/Stringer (JAPAN BUSINESS SOCIETY) - RTR25VH9

East Asia is aging much faster than the rest of the world

38 yo

The median age in East Asia increased from 21 to 38 between 1975 to 2015—well above the global median age of 30.

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People walk across a street in Tokyo July 12, 2009.   REUTERS/Stringer (JAPAN BUSINESS SOCIETY) - RTR25VH9
38 yo

Median age in East Asia since 1975

People walk across a street in Tokyo July 12, 2009.   REUTERS/Stringer (JAPAN BUSINESS SOCIETY) - RTR25VH9
38 yo

East Asia is aging faster than the rest of the world as people have fewer children. Factors include economic growth, education and employment for women, and a shift from agriculture.

People walk across a street in Tokyo July 12, 2009.   REUTERS/Stringer (JAPAN BUSINESS SOCIETY) - RTR25VH9
38 yo

The average East Asian woman went from having almost six children in the 1960s to less than two in the 2000s.

People walk across a street in Tokyo July 12, 2009.   REUTERS/Stringer (JAPAN BUSINESS SOCIETY) - RTR25VH9
38 yo

Median age growth of East Asian countries since 1975

People walk across a street in Tokyo July 12, 2009.   REUTERS/Stringer (JAPAN BUSINESS SOCIETY) - RTR25VH9
38 yo

East Asians are also living longer, thanks to the eradication of diseases like malaria. Life expectancy grew 30% faster than the rest of the world, from less than 50 years in 1960 to almost 70 years in 1990.

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