Number of centenarians in Japan tops 86,000

NHK -- Sep 15
A government survey has shown that the number of centenarians in Japan has hit a record high of more than 86,000.

Japan's health and welfare ministry released the data on Tuesday. It is the 51st consecutive year that the number of centenarians in Japan has increased.

The survey, based on resident registers, showed that a total of 86,510 people are aged 100 or older as of Wednesday this week. The number was 6,060 higher than a year ago.

A total of 88 percent of centenarians, or 76,450, are women. The remaining 10,060 are men.

The oldest woman is 118-year-old Tanaka Kane, who lives in Fukuoka City, and the oldest man is 111-year-old Ueda Mikizo, a resident of Nara City.

Shimane Prefecture has the largest ratio of centenarians, with 134.75 per 100,000 people, topping the list for the ninth consecutive year.

Shimane is followed by Kochi Prefecture, with 126.29 per 100,000 people, while Kagoshima Prefecture recorded a ratio of 118.74.

Saitama Prefecture has the smallest ratio of centenarians, with 42.4 per 100,000 people, followed by Aichi Prefecture with 44.42 and Chiba Prefecture with 49.12.

来週月曜日は敬老の日ですが、全国で100歳以上の高齢者が8万6000人余りと、これまでで最も多くなったことが分かりました。 - ANNnewsCH