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Japan’s Ageing Data: Centenarian Exceeds 70K and 28.4% Of The Total Population Are Elderly

Centenarian Exceeds 70K In Japan

There are more that 70000 centenarians in Japan, according to a new data released by the Japanese government. And women outlive men in Japan too as the data showed that out of the total of 71238 centenarians, 62775 were women which accounted for 88.1 percent of the total centenarians. And the men centenarian accounted for 8463 in numbers in Japan.Prefecture-wise, Tokyo is said to have 6,059 centenarians while Kanagawa is said to have 3933 and Osaka at 3,648 respectively.

It is also found that there are 2.31 million Japanese who are above 90 years. There were 8.62 million seniors who are 65 and above working in Japan and accounted for 12.9 percent. Out of which 3.5 million seniors with jobs were women. The biggest recruiters for the elderly were found to be the wholesale and retail industry. The average life expectancy for Japanese women were 87.32 and 81.25 for men. The reason for the increasing ageing population is said to be because of high life expectancy.

28.4% Of The Japan’s Population Are Elderly

Japan also has the highest oldest population aged 65 and above at 28.4 percent of the total population and its elderly accounted for 12.9 percent of the labour force, according to a data released by Japan’s Internal Affairs and Communication Ministry. Astonishing data of its ageing population doesn’t end there.

And a study of the National Institute of Population and Social Security Research have also said that there is no respite for positive change in Japan’s demographics as by 2025, at least 30 percent of its population will be over 65 years and in 2040, 35.3 percent of its population will constitute of the elderly.

As her population ages, the Japanese government have been recruiting foreigners and have also encouraged its women to participate more in the labour force. The rapidly ageing population, coupled with low fertility rate that is said to be spiked by poor work-life balance, high cost of raising a child, women’s education and empowerment and the subsequent unwillingness to raise a child are some of the reasons given that have caused imbalance in the demographics.