13 Sep '11, 12pm

Against all odds! Japan said it has a record 47,756 people aged 100 or older - most of them women

TOKYO - Quickly greying Japan said it has a record 47,756 people aged 100 or older - most of them women. The Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare said today that was an increase of 3,307 from last year and four times more than a dozen years ago. Some 87.1 per cent are women. The oldest is 114-year-old Chiyono Hasegawa, who was born on Nov 20, 1896. The oldest man is 114-year-old Jirouemon Kimura, whose birthday is April 19, 1897. Japan, with 128 million people, is one of the world's most rapidly ageing societies. It has one of the lowest birthrates and one of the longest life expectancies, fuelling concerns about its shrinking tax base and overburdened public pension and medical care systems. Twelve years ago, in 1999, Japan had 11,346 citizens in the century club. The ministry said that as of Sept 1, 24,952 people had turned 100 in the previous 12 months. Each new cente...

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