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Number of Centenarians in Japan Grows by Five Times in 20 Years

The number of centenarians in Japan has risen to a fresh record, underscoring the challenges facing the country as its population rapidly gets older. 

There are now 90,526 Japanese citizens aged 100 and above, an increase of 5% from a year earlier and more than five times the amount two decades ago, according to a report released Friday by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare. The data was unveiled ahead of Sept. 19’s Respect for the Aged Day, or Keiro no Hi, a national holiday.