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Tuesday, 21st July 2009
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Japan 'world's oldest major country'

Japan has the oldest population among major countries, according to new figures from the US Census Bureau.

In total, 22 per cent of the Japanese population is aged 65 and over.

As well as this, the bureau has revealed that by 2050, the number of Japanese people who are aged 100 and above will have risen to 627,000, which the equivalent of almost one per cent of its population.

People born in Japan can now expect to live until around 82.

A low birth rate in the country will also lead to a rise in the median age, which is expected to go from 37 in 1990 to 55 by 2050.

The Associated Press notes that Japan "pays special respect to the elderly" and has invested in robotics to try and help its aging population.

The census report also reveals that by 2040, the number of people aged 65 and above worldwide will reach 1.3 billion, more than double the current figure of 506 million.

Written by Kimberley Homer.