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When 82-year-old Masako Wakamiya first began working, she still used an abacus for math. Today she is one of the world's oldest iPhone app developers, a trailblazer in making smartphones accessible for the elderly. Frustrated by the lack of interest from the tech industry in engaging older people, she taught herself to code and set about doing it herself. In Wakamiya's app, users have to put them in the correct positions – a task which is harder than it sounds, requiring memorization of the complex arrangements.The app, which is currently only available in Japanese, has been downloaded 42,000 times with hundreds of positive comments from users.And while these figures are relatively small compared to Japan's big-hitting apps which are downloaded in their millions, Hinadan has proved popular enough that Wakamiya plans to release English, Chinese and possibly French versions of the app before next year's festival.More than a quarter of Japan's population is aged 65 and above, and this is projected to rise to 40 percent by 2055 .
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