The number of households (people 65 and older) in which elderly individuals live on their own is expected to rise by the year 2035 to approximately 37.7% overall, and to 44% in Tokyo, according to the National Institute of Population and Social Security Research.
The institute said in a report that in 2010 -- the last time it compiled a report -- the percentage of households in which the head of the house was 65 years or older and single was 31.2%.
Akita Prefecture is home to the highest concentration of elderly households at 52.1% overall, the report said. In Tokyo, the figure was 35.8%.
The institute also reported that the number of individuals living on their own who marry late and those not getting married at all has increased and is expected to continue increasing, which will further exacerbate Japan's aging population issues.© Japan Today