Japan centenarian population hits record 60,000

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TOKYO: The number of people aged 100 and above has hit 60,000 in Japan this year, as the country faces spiraling social and health expenses to look after its legions of retirees. The population of centenarians is expected to reach 61,568 next week, of which 87 percent will be women, the welfare ministry said Friday. Japanese men on average live just over 80 years, while women boast the world’s longest life expectancy of 86.83 years. The country is also home to the world’s oldest man, Yasutaro Koide, who turned 112 years old in March.

AFP

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