Japan's Centenarians Set to Hit Record for 48th Straight Year

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Tokyo, Sept. 14 (Jiji Press)--The number of centenarians in Japan is expected to total 69,785 as of Saturday, hitting a record high for the 48th consecutive year, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare said Friday.

The figure, based on basic resident register data, is up 2,014 from a year before, according to a report by the ministry, which was released ahead of the Respect for the Aged Day, which falls on Monday next week.

Of the people aged 100 or over, women account for 88.1 pct.

There will be 55.08 centenarians per 100,000 people nationwide. Among the country's 47 prefectures, Shimane logged the largest rate at 101.02, topping the list for six years in a row. Tottori followed at 97.88 and Kochi at 96.50.

On the other hand, Saitama remained at the bottom of the list for the 29th straight year at 32.90, followed by Aichi with 36.78 and Chiba with 39.34.

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