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Number of Japan's Centenarians to Top 70,000 for 1st Time

Number of Japan's Centenarians to Top 70,000 for 1st Time

   Tokyo, Sept. 13 (Jiji Press)--The number of centenarians in Japan is expected to total 71,238 as of Sunday, topping 70,000 for the first time ever, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare said Friday.
   The estimated figure is up 1,453 from a year before and hit a record high for the 49th consecutive year, according to the ministry. Of the estimated total, women account for 88 pct.
   The number of people aged 100 or over in the country stood at only 153 in 1963, when the statistics began. The total exceeded 1,000 in 1981, 10,000 in 1998 and 50,000 in 2012.
   There will be 56.34 centenarians per 100,000 people nationwide as of Sunday, a day before the Respect for the Aged Day, the ministry said.
   Among the country's 47 prefectures, Kochi logged the highest centenarian rate at 101.42, followed by Kagoshima with 100.87 and Shimane with 99.85. By contrast, Saitama was at the bottom of the list for 30 years in a row, at 33.74. Aichi was second from the bottom, at 37.15, and Chiba third, at 39.68.

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