For the first time in 50 years, more than 80,000 Japanese centenarians have set a new record

Overseas network on September 15, as of 15, the whole of Japan over the age of 100 people for 84.5 million, the first more than 80,000 people, the number of consecutive 50 years to refresh the previous record. The Japanese government blamed the “high number of births in 1920”.

Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare has released the number of Japan’s centenarians as of September 15, based on the “Basic ledger for Inhabitants”, jijiji Shimbun and Sankei Shimbun reported. Japan has 84.5 million centenarians, 9,176 more than last year (2019) and the highest number since statistics began in 1963, setting a record for the 50th consecutive year. Women make up 88 per cent of centenarians, or 79,975, and men 9,475.

In 1963 there were only 153 centenarians in Japan. In 1998 it topped 10,000 for the first time, and this is the first time it has topped 80,000. Japan’s oldest person is Riko Tanaka, 117, who lives in Fukuoka city. She was also named the world’s oldest living person by Guinness last year. The oldest man is Kizang Ueda, 110, who lives in Nara city. The centenarians will each receive a diploma and a silver trophy from the Japanese prime minister. (Wang Shanning, Overseas)

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