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Just get this app on your phone and you'll never have to worry about missing grandparents ever again!
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18 May 2017 - 2:11 PM  UPDATED 18 May 2017 - 2:13 PM

Japan has seen the age of its citizens trend upwards in the past few decades, with people over the age of 65 making up a quarter of the population. Due to Japan's aging population, this has resulted in the rise of a number of elderly-related problems, particularly missing people who suffer from dementia. But as Eat Your Kimchi discovered this week, it appears that Japan have found a solution to this problem.

In 2015, there were over 12,000 cases of missing dementia patients and this was noted as a problem by the National Police agency as it is very difficult to find these missing people. To solve this issue, Japan has used technology to come up with a "tagging" system in which trackable tags can be attached to dementia patients. How this system works is that people everywhere will simply install this tagging app on their phones and should a dementia patient go missing, their location can be triangulated using people who have this app. The best part? People who have this app don't need to do anything other than having it on their phone.

While this is a great idea on paper, Simon and Martina aren't 100% convinced on the system. Not only are the duo worried about the app being a drain on the battery life of their phones, they're not sure whether the app could be used as a form of data gathering.

Having said that though, there is hope for the app as Simon and Martina note that the app company is teaming up with the government and 23 other companies to implement the system into shops, such as convenient stores, rather than asking people to install an app they don't know much about.

Hit the audio tab above ^ to listen to Simon & Martina talk about the mental health of Japanese youths right here at the 9:28 mark

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