Record number of Japanese centenarians

The number of Japanese aged 100 or older has hit a record 47,756, increasing for the 41st consecutive year.

This article from The UK Telegraph explains the shape of things to come.

Japanese centenarians hit record high for 41st consecutive year

An estimated 24,952 Japanese turned 100 in the year to March 31 2011, an increase of 1,683 in the figure of last year.

This year’s figure is up 3,307 from 12 months previously and includes Jirouemon Kimura, who is 114 years old and is recognised by the Guinness Book of Records as the oldest man in the world.

An estimated 24,952 Japanese turned 100 in the year to March 31, an increase of 1,683 in the figure of last year.

 

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