Japan's Elderly Population Accounts for Record 27.7%
Tokyo, Sept. 17 (Jiji Press)—The estimated number of people aged 65 or older in Japan stood at 35.14 million as of Friday, accounting for 27.7% of the nation's total population, with both figures hitting record highs, an internal affairs ministry survey showed Sunday.
The elderly population increased 570,000 from a year earlier and its share rose 0.5 percentage point, with the total national population on a downtrend.
The number of people aged 90 or older stood at 2.06 million, exceeding two million for the first time ever.
Elderly men totaled 15.25 million, accounting for 24.7% of the total male population. The number of elderly women stood at 19.88 million, or 30.6% of the female population across Japan.
The survey results were released ahead of Respect for the Aged Day on Monday, a national holiday.[Copyright The Jiji Press, Ltd.]