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Productive ageing in Hong Kong: Breaking the mould of ageing

July 29, 2021


Older lady at beach eating ice cream

July 29, 2021

Naka Kondo

Manager, Policy and insights

Naka is an editorial manager at Economist Impact, based in Tokyo. As the project lead of the Back to Blue initiative, her focus coverage range from sustainability, ocean health, and longevity, among other issues. Before joining The Economist Group, after a brief period sitting in the advisory committee for the Japan Cabinet Office, Naka dedicated seven years in the Japanese Equities business where she communicated closely with Japanese companies and institutional investors around the world. As a journalist, Naka's work appears in The Bungei Shunju, one of the largest publications in Japan, with more than 80 pieces published on topics ranging from economics, politics and culture. Naka's work has been featured in 3 Japanese national newspapers in 2021. Naka has studied at the London School of Economics and Political Science (BSc Maths&Philosophy transferring to BSc Sociology) and the University of Tokyo (BA Social Psychology). She is also a journalism graduate of the Undergraduate Research Program at the Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies at the University of Tokyo.


Life expectancy in Hong Kong averages 85.32 years today. Hong Kong also has the highest health-adjusted life expectancy (HALE) rates globally, which means people in Hong Kong remain healthy longer into old age. As Hong Kong’s society ages, and the median age and elderly dependency ratio continue to rise—it is important to understand the intricacies of productive ageing, and what preparation it requires.
Productive ageing in Hong Kong is a report from The Economist Intelligence Unit, sponsored by HSBC Life. The report is based on a consumer survey conducted in June 2021 of more than 600 Hong Kong residents aged 30-70 on their preparedness and perception towards post-retirement. The report was written by Siddharth Poddar and Shivaji Bagchi, and edited by Naka Kondo. Findings from the survey were supplemented with wide-ranging research and in-depth interviews with experts in the field.
Our thanks are due to the following people (listed alphabetically by surname) for their time and insight:
• Lam Ching Choi, member of the Executive Council of Hong Kong and chairman, Elderly Commission
• Adeline Tan, wealth business leader, Mercer
• Paul Yip, chair of population health at the department of social work and social administration, University of Hong Kong
• Rebecca Choy Yung, founder and chair, Golden Age Foundation

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