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No. of Japan's centenarians hits record 86,500

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Quite achievement to reach 100.

Congrats

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No. of Japan's centenarians hits record 86,500

For people who still working, paying tax and pension, that information provide where those money go every month.

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That’s really something… in contrast to Japan’s declining birth rate and the number of younger generations who don’t want/can’t have children. Perhaps the health ministry should be looking into those issues as well instead of lauding Japan’s great population of centenarians?

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Curious as to what percentage of this 100+ demographic were prioritized and have been successfully vaccinated at this point in the game? Surely the health ministry has those statistics from those ‘impressive’ stats touted above?

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It's not the number of years lived that's important, it's the quality of life. What's great about living to be 100 when bedbound, unable to do anything for yourself and unable to recognize family.

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At Lam. Agreed

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This is quite a tax burden indeed!!

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Hmmm, they look like the walking dead, though.

That isn't an achievement.

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Of the 86,510, women accounted for 88.4 percent or 76,450, up 5,475 from a year earlier and men totaled 10,060, up 585, the data showed.

Almost 90% are women, wow....shows that being a housewife instead of a corporate slave pays health rewards. I wanna win the lottery and quit working.

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Despite the naysayers, this is amazing!

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Congratulations to all! Amazing news!

Would love to live to around 110-120 years old too. Following a Japanese diet of tons of vegetables, good rice, miso, fish and very little red meat will hopefully help. The rest of the world should be eating Japanese cuisine as much as possible, so lifespans can increase everywhere.

By prefecture, Shimane in western Japan has the highest number of centenarians per 100,000 people for the ninth straight year at 134.75,

The diet in Shimane must be unbelievably healthy. Im guessing junk/fast food is frowned upon there? Double the national average number of centenarians!

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Wish you all have more birthdays to come!

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Amidst the pandemic! That's quite a feat!

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Who said “Nay” to anything here? There’s nothing to neigh, moo, poo or bleat about when it’s just statistics.

@hamatamiike 9:08am: “Despite the naysayers, this is amazing!” -*

Great! Japan has many centenarians. - Huzzah! Hurrah! Yay! Banzai! Gambare!

Now, fair questions would be: How is the cumulative data being used?

And,

what is the government now going to do to benefit the up & coming, tax-paying, working generations paying into the current pension & healthcare programs?

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Anyone 100 has already received a pension for 35 years. In the case of a married Japanese woman, they may typically pay into the pension system for a couple of years, get married, and then go on their husband's pension (the premium is unchanged) as a dependent spouse. This means some people are getting 35 years plus of payouts despite only paying in for a couple of years. The system was fundamentally designed to support people who pay in for forty years and get fifteen years or so of payments out. With the average Japanese woman living to 88, that is already up to 23 years on average, with many recipients being dependent spouses with big chunks of not paying in. The whole system seems totally unsustainable in its current form.

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Japan's population 125,470,000

Japan's centenarians 86,500

Nearly one in 1,450 people in Japan is now aged 100 or over.

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Bed pans and and adult diapers?

I want to check out well before then…

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@kurisupisu

Same, as long as I am mentally sound and [relatively] physically capable, I am content to live as long as possible. As soon as one of those starts going, I hope to be making my exit asap. Hopefully by the time I reach that add, we have progressed in both medical care and euthanasia acceptance that we are able to live longer lives before choosing when they end.

@Fighto!

The rest of the world should be eating Japanese cuisine as much as possible, so lifespans can increase everywhere.

I've heard this before, but I am not entirely sold on the Japanese diet being the reason for this. While a traditional Japanese diet isn't the worst, stomach cancer is one of the leading causes of death for a reason and I see plenty of unhealthy Japanese food. Food tends very heavily towards being sweet.

I would say the biggest contributor is the health-check system (and more readily available health coverage) wherein basically every person is getting a pretty comprehensive physical every year. Possible health issues are caught pretty well in advance, which is very significant. The amount of walking the average person does helps too I am sure, but I am willing to give most of this one to the doctors.

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Also, calorific restriction seems to be fairly normal in Japan-lifespan naturally extends?

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No need to ‘check-out’ early @kurisupisu. Assistance is always available. An attendant can simply call out over the P.A. system:

- “Bed pans and and adult diapers?” - “Aisle 5!”

Agreed, “I want to check out well before then…

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Following a Japanese diet of tons of vegetables, good rice, miso, fish and very little red meat

Sounds like the diet of a poor person.

No thanks.

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Sounds like the diet of a poor person.

> No thanks

That comment is not going to go down well with the Japan is the best best bestest place in the world ever, brigade.

Congratulations to the elderly, though

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That's awesome. Happy Birthday!

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@Kentarogaijin

your comment is typical of someone who was raised with hot dogs, fries and coke.

Thanks for illustrating that the healthy version of japanese diet has given way to more unhealthy food partly imported but not only (ramen, tendon, okonomiyaki, ...) which are now consumed more frequently at least in big cities were they are more readily available, people tend to have less time and space to cook and natural products are more expensive.

I guess the fact it seems our centenarian seems to be living in more quiet area should play a role also.

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I fear this generation hit a record and the next ones wouldn't live so long unfortunately.

It applies to other developed countries as well.

Pollution and junk food will decrease life expectancy despite the medical breakthroughs (apparently it's already happening in the US).

We already see japanese younger generations being taller but fater than previous one due to an higher consumption of meat, sweets and other imported food habits.

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Foods? environments? Natto?

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That’s over 8 and a half millions years between them all!

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Congratulations to all! Amazing news!

Would love to live to around 110-120 years old too. Following a Japanese diet of tons of vegetables, good rice, miso, fish and very little red meat will hopefully help. The rest of the world should be eating Japanese cuisine as much as possible, so lifespans can increase everywhere.

According to world meters, the top 10 countries with the longest life expectancy of both sexes are

Hong Kong 85.29

Japan 85.03

Macao 84.68

Switzerland 84.25

Singapore 84.07

Italy 84.01

Spain 83.99

Australia 83.94

Channel Islands 83.60

Iceland 83.52

The difference between each one is very small. However, Japan is not no. 1. Maybe the world should be eating Hong Kong cuisine as much as possible, too.

Don't get me wrong. I super love Japanese food. But these are the facts.

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Despite the CCP virus. These old folks obviously survived the Spanish flu as well.

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My wife's grandmother recently died. She was a colonist in Manchuria. She didn't like to talk about it, even to me, who has been to Manchuria. Each who dies takes with them a repository of knowledge.

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As a Western white male , kind of insane to think you might get outlived by someone who's 20+ years older than you.

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I wonder how many are actually still alive and kicking and how many of those are pension fraud committed by family or relatives. Been reading too many of those cases lately.

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