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Aging Japan: Manga comics turn gray – but spirited – along with readers

TOKYO: Japan’s graying population is changing the character of its beloved manga comics, spawning a new genre in which the elderly aren’t pitiable oldsters but protagonists making discoveries, finding friends and sometimes even having hot sex. Demand for stories focused on the elderly has grown alongside their audience: 27.7 percent of Japanese are older than 65, up from 21.5 percent just a decade ago. Readership cuts across society, the publishers say, from retirees looking for plots they identify with to younger…