Friday, 11th September 2009
In General Japan News,
More than 40,000 Japanese now aged over 100
A new survey has revealed that Japan is now home to more than 40,000 people aged 100 or over.
Japanese government figures released today (September 11th) showed that in total, there are 40,399 centenarians in the country, of which the vast majority are women (87 per cent).
Overall, the number of Japanese aged above 100 has risen by more than 4,000 over the past year, when there were 36,276 centenarians in the country.
The ageing population of Japan has led to worries over the affect on the country's medical care system and pension fund.
According to the figures, the oldest woman in Japan lives on the island of Okinawa and is aged 114, with the oldest man - Jiroemon Kimura - aged 112.
The Associated Press reported that Mr Kimura is health conscious and leads an active lifestyle.
"He rises early, reads newspapers every morning with a magnifying glass, enjoys talking to guests and closely follows parliamentary debate on live TV broadcasts," the news source said.
Written by Kimberley Homer.