People Living Alone to Top 30 Pct of Elderly Households in 2040

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Tokyo, April 19 (Jiji Press)--The share of single-person households in elderly households, or those headed by people aged 65 or over, will be above 30 pct in all of Japan's 47 prefectures in 2040, an estimate by a welfare ministry think tank showed Friday.

Citing the reason for the estimate, an official of the National Institute of Population and Social Security Research said, "Elderly people who have never married will increase as the number of people opting not to marry started to rise in the 1980s."

The institute estimated prefecture-by-prefecture numbers of households, including elderly households, during the period until 2040, based on the results of the 2015 national census.

The proportion of elderly households in the total households will likely be above 30 pct in all prefectures in 2030 and above 40 pct in 45 prefectures, excluding Tokyo and Aichi, in 2040, according to the institute's survey.

The proportion in 2040 is projected to be the highest in Akita, at 57.1 pct. Nine other prefectures are also estimated to record figures exceeding 50 pct.

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