Seven & i Holdings is working to enhance the convenience of shopping while leveraging the unique aspects of its business and some 20,000-store network as a form of social infrastructure to support consumers inconvenienced by shopping and to respond to changes taking place in society. These changes include Japan's decrease in population brought on by a declining birthrate and aging society, the advancement of women in society, and the declining number of retail stores, among others. We recognize that fulfilling these diverse needs of our customers is one of our most important and unwavering roles in society. We will continue to tackle these issues as our most importance issues.
Japan is experiencing an aging society and declining population. By the year 2060, the country's population will dip below 90 million and nearly 40% will be seniors*. The number of seniors living alone continues to increase each year, with the number expected to rise 1.5-fold from the level in 2010 by 2030.
Meanwhile, the hollowing out of lifestyle hubs following the declining population stands as one of Japan's major social issues. Forecasts suggest that the number of seniors living alone without walkable access to a supermarket with fresh produce and meat will double by the year 2030.
In response to these material issues, Group companies develop a variety of services to resolve social issues through the core operations. Confirmation of the progress on these services and new initiatives are conducted mainly by the CSR Management Committee and its subordinate Social Value Creation Subcommittee, under the charge of the Seven & i Holdings Director & Executive Officer and Senior Officer of the Corporate Social Responsibility Department.
By addressing these material issues, Seven & i Holdings is providing social infrastructure such as public services to a variety of people, including the elderly, and contributing to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals 9 and 11.
We are working to create new "shopping support" services to assist customers for whom shopping is an inconvenience.
We are developing and selling cooked meal products based on the concept of individual servings, small volume, and simplicity for those who find meals inconvenient or difficult.
We are providing public services to alleviate inconvenience for those whose lifestyles are affected by the decline in neighborhood social infrastructure.
We are expanding services and supporting shopping to enable all customers to visit and shop at our stores with ease and peace of mind.