In Japan's aging population, these women are just getting started
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AUGUST 11, 2017 IIDA, JAPAN—In this sleepy, mountainous city, 85-year-old Yoshiko Zakoji starts her day with exercises before cooking rice and simmering vegetables for pre-ordered boxed lunches – as she has done for more than a decade.

“I need to keep myself fit to continue my business,” says Ms. Zakoji, who owns a shop in Iida, located 110 miles west of Tokyo. She calls it Waraku:a name that evokes opening up to each other, and having a good...


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