Comments on: Boomer boom: Businesses tapping consumption where they can find it How to make, save and spend money in Japan. Wed, 18 Feb 2015 03:29:48 +0000 hourly 1 By: Miko Fri, 20 Jul 2012 12:22:37 +0000 I say, yay for baby boomers! My “hobby English” students, who account for more than half of my income – and my social life, for that matter – are almost entirely made up of middle-class and upper-middle-class women in their sixties and seventies. They really know how to enjoy life! They have no fear of poverty, thanks to their fat pensions. They are healthy and fit because of all their tennis and golf lessons, and their minds get regular stimulation from their painting, cooking, and English lessons. They also like to make a point of travelling overseas at least once a year if not more often (hence the necessity for English lessons), and they don’t mind paying for the privilege. They are widely regarded as the luckiest generation that Japan has ever seen, and for all we know they may be the last true middle class that Japan will see for a while. I admire them! It’s just a shame that I won’t be able to afford to emulate their lifestyles by the time I hit my sixties.