Centenarians in Japan hit record 69,785, nearly 90% of them women
Japan Times -- Sep 15
The nation's centenarian population hit a record-high of 69,785 as of September, with women accounting for 88.1 percent of the total, amid medical advances and greater health consciousness, the health ministry said Friday.

The figure rose 2,014 from the previous year, marking the 48th consecutive yearly increase, and represented a nearly sevenfold jump from two decades ago.

"We will continue to make efforts so that (the elderly) can stay healthy for a longer period of time," said an official at the health ministry.

The tally is an estimate, based on resident registry data, ahead of this year's Respect for the Aged Day holiday on Monday.

The number of male centenarians stood at 8,331, up 139 from a year earlier - former Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone, who turned 100 in May, is one of them - while female centenarians numbered 61,454, up 1,875. In the year through March next year, up to 32,241 people could reach 100, up 144 from the previous year.

Looking ahead, the centenarian population is projected to rise further, exceeding 100,000 in five years and 170,000 in a decade, according to estimates by the National Institute of Population and Social Security Research. Life expectancy in Japan was projected at 87.26 years for women and 81.09 years for men in 2017.

Kane Tanaka, 115, from the city of Fukuoka, is the country's oldest living woman. The oldest man is Masazo Nonaka, a 113-year-old resident of Ashoro in Hokkaido. He was recognized by the Guinness World Records as the world's oldest living man in April.

17日は敬老の日です。100歳以上の高齢者が48年連続で過去最多を更新し、全国で7万人近くに上ることが分かりました。 厚生労働省によりますと、1日時点の100歳以上の高齢者は約6万9800人で、女性が9割近くを占めています。
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