40 percent of Japan households expected to be single-person ones in 2040
Jiji -- Jan 13
One-person households in Japan are seen increasing to 19.94 million in 2040, accounting for nearly 40 pct of all households, a government-affiliated research institute said Friday.

The number of people aged 65 or over who are living alone is forecast to total 8.96 million in 2040, accounting for 45 pct of all those living on their own, due to an increase in people in the age group who have never married, according to the National Institute of Population and Social Security Research , an affiliate of the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry.

"Since the 1980s, it is not uncommon for people to remain unmarried," an official at the institute said, adding, "These people will get old by around 2040, leading to a rise in the rate of elderly people living alone."

The research institute updates household estimates every five years. The latest estimates are based on the 2015 census.

The total number of households is projected to increase from 53.33 million in 2015 to 54.19 million in 2023, but is then estimated to start falling and come to 50.76 million in 2040.

厚生労働省の推計で、2040年には一般世帯のうち4割が一人暮らしになる見込みであることが分かりました。 厚労省によりますと、日本の世帯数は2015年以降増え続け、2023年に約5400万世帯となり、ピークを迎える見込みです。
News sources: Jiji, ANNnewsCH
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