The number of people in Japan aged 65 and over was approximately 34,610,000, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications said on Monday, which is Respect for the Aged Day, a national holiday. The number, as of Sept 15, represents about 27.3% of Japan's total population.
Of the total, 14.99 million were men and 19.62 million were women, the ministry said.
Last week, the welfare ministry reported that Japan’s centenarian population increased by 4,124 from a year ago to a record high of 65,692 in September, with women accounting for 87.6% of the total. This is the 46th straight year that the number of centenarians has increased.
Life expectancy in Japan was 87.05 for women and 80.79 for men in 2015, the ministry said.© Japan Today