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A South Korean man tends to his cart near Seoul's Pagoda Park on Jan. 26. Some older residents eke out a living by collecting paper and other trash. (Photo by Jean Chung)
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No country for old Koreans: Moon faces senior poverty crisis

Modern families and meager pensions push up elderly suicide rate

KIM JAEWON, Nikkei staff writer | South Korea

SEOUL -- At age 70, Son is not asking for much. The Seoul resident just wishes he had 10,000 won, or about $9, to live on per day. "That's all I want," he said.

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