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Get ready for the age of centenarians

How the '100-year life' will force Asia to restructure societies and careers

A Respect for the Aged Day event in Tokyo: Japan is the poster country for aging, but its neighbors will face the same challenges.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Benjamin Franklin, one of the U.S. founding fathers, once observed, "In this world, nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes." While this is still true, humanity has made great strides toward delaying our own expiry date.

But in a world where longevity is becoming the norm, and where the likelihood of reaching age 100 is increasing, how should we approach our lives and careers? Lynda Gratton, professor at the London Business School and co-author of the book "The 100-Year Life," is out to tackle this very question.

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