NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Nov 09, 1976
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(Studio) Tradition of families, include older mbrs., living together has changed here and is now changing in Japan.
REPORTER: David Brinkley
(Japan) Case of Tomuro family noted; matriarch of family is Kinu Tomuro. Times changing and many old people now put in public facilities, most of which are inadequate. Best of these is nursing home in Tokyo suburbs. Japanese government encourages people to stay with families or live alone, which many aren't used to. Mrs. Fuchi Sakamaki lives alone, but says she's more fortunate than others. Rise of religious cult called Kokurishenko noted. Japanese have seemed last in world to honor elderly; now it may be dying here as elsewhere.
REPORTER: Jim Laurie