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Cheaper Sake Cup Gifts From Abe Show Surge in Japan Centenarians

  • Use of sterling silver for 100th birthday gifts discontinued
  • Move comes as aging population puts strain on public finances

One perk of getting old in Japan is a gift of a silver cup from the prime minister in the year you celebrate your 100th birthday. But from this year, new centenarians will be sipping sake from cheaper vessels.

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