"An increasing number of local governments (in Japan ) are teaming up with the private sector by signing agreements to help keep an eye on elderly residents. Employees of private organizations such as consumer cooperatives, delivery firms and gas companies are asked to look for anything unusual when they visit the homes of elderly people as part of their regular duties. The checks are carried out casually so as to not make residents feel they are being monitored."
Source: Govt, private sector joining hands to monitor elderly
June 16, 2013
The Yomiuri Shimbun