Japan Older Population Hits Record High

Japan Internal Affairs Ministry said on Sunday that the estimated number of people aged 65 or older in Japan stood at a record high of 36.4 million as of Wednesday.

According to the government’s data, the proportion of aged persons in the country’s total population increased to a record 29.1 percent, the highest rate among 201 countries and regions worldwide. 

Men over the age of 65 numbered 15.83 million, or 26 percent of the total male population. There were 20.57 million senior women in the United States, accounting for 32 percent of the female population. 

The data was released ahead of Monday’s national holiday, Respect for the Aged Day.

According to the National Institute of Population and Social Security Research, since 1950, the proportion of elderly individuals has increased. 

The proportion is predicted to reach 35.3 percent in 2040, when the so-called second baby-boomer generation, defined as those born in the early 1970s, gets 65 or older.

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