Wednesday, September 27, 2017
From the Independent:
The number of Japanese aged over 90 has passed two million for the first time, according to the latest government data.
The figure has doubled from 1.02 million in 2004 to 2.06 million.
The total number of elderly Japanese - over 65s - comes to 35.14 million, accounting for 27.7% of the population.
The data, released for Respect for the Aged Day on Monday, highlights the issues posed by Japan’s declining birth rate, which is already affecting the country's economy in areas including the job and housing markets.
According to Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, the number of births dropped to below one million for the first time in 2016.
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