17,000 Dementia Sufferers Go Missing in Japan in 2018

Tokyo, June 20 (Jiji Press)--The number of dementia sufferers who were reported to be missing in Japan in 2018 grew by 1,064 from the previous year to 16,927, up for the sixth straight year, National Police Agency data showed Thursday.

Of them, 9,274 were men and 7,653 were women.

By prefecture, Osaka had the highest number of missing dementia sufferers, at 2,117, followed by Saitama, at 1,782, and Hyogo, at 1,585.

The whereabouts of 16,227 missing dementia sufferers were confirmed last year, including those who went missing in 2017 or before, while 508 people were found dead. Reports of missing were withdrawn for 131 people.

In 99 pct of the total cases, missing dementia sufferers were located within one week from the day when the reports about their disappearance were received by police. In over 70 pct of the total, missing people were found within the day of such reports being received.

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