Japan now has nearly 70,000 people aged above 100, out of which 88% are women, according to estimates by the welfare ministry.
The rapid increase in aged population is creating social and economic challenges for the world’s third-largest economy. Life expectancy in Japan is 83.7, but the women in the country has the highest life expectancy in the world: 87.2 years.
The current number of centenarians is 69,785 as of September, which is 2,000 up from last year. In 1998, the number stood at 10,000. Japan has a population of 127 million people.
Estimates by National Institute of Population and Social Security Research say that the number would exceed 100,000 in 2023 and reach 170,000 five years later.
While people aged 65 and above account for a fourth of the population, the Japanese Prime Minister has declared the ageing population as a national crisis and promised reforms in social security measures.