For the first time, the number of people completing a century of age in Japan has exceeded 80,000.
The latest figures released show the number of Japanese citizens over the age of 100, whose numbers have been steadily rising for more than 50 years.
In September, the number of citizens over the age of 100 reached 80,540, up 9,184 from the same period last year.
According to figures released by the Japanese Ministry of Health, the majority of citizens over the age of 100 are women, accounting for 88% of the total.
Japan is experiencing a decline in the workforce due to an increase in the number of elderly people, while the birth rate in the country has also become a major problem.
The number of people over the age of 100 in Japan has risen sharply over the past 50 years, from just 339 in 1971, when statistics began to be compiled.
Japan’s new figures also reflect a global trend, as the United Nations announced this year that the number of people over the age of 100 worldwide has risen to 573,000, up from 3.7 million by 2050.
The United States is believed to have the highest number of centenarians, but Japan has the highest rate in the world, with six out of every 10,000 people living to be 100 years old.
The average age in Japan is also very high, the average age of women is 88 years while that of men is 81 years.
The longevity of Japanese citizens has long been the focus of attention of scientists, and they cite a number of factors, such as a healthy diet and others.
Currently, the world’s oldest person also belongs to Japan.
Kane Tanaka is over 117 years old and lives in a nursing home.
Every year in Japan, people over the age of 100 receive a gift from the government and a silver cup, as well as a congratulatory letter from the Prime Minister.
Japan also celebrates a day in honor of the elderly, which is a public holiday in the country.