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Tuesday, 22nd September 2009
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Figures show ageing female Japanese population

Official figures released by the internal affairs ministry in Japan have revealed that one in four women in the country are now aged 65 or over.

As of September 15th, 25.4 per cent of woman in the country were aged 65 or above - the first time this statistic has passed 25 per cent since comparable data collecting began in Japan in 1950.

The figures further fuel worry over how the Japanese authorities will cope with an ageing population that requires medical care.

As well as this, having a large proportion of citizens of such age could lead to a shortage of workers and strains on the country's pension fund.

Meanwhile, earlier this month, figures from the Japanese government revealed that more than 40,000 people in Japan are centenarians - aged 100 or over.

More than 10,000 Japanese have passed this landmark over the past two years, the figures also showed.

Written by Kimberley Homer.

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