JAPAN SETS A NEW RECORD NUMBER FOR PEOPLE OVER 100 YEARS OLD AND ALMOST ALL ARE WOMEN
In mid-July, the Japanese government announced that Chiyo Miyako, the oldest person in the world, had died at 117. Her title would probably not have to travel far: Another Japanese woman, 115-year-old Kane Tanaka, was expected to become the oldest woman in the world in her place.
New information released by the Japanese Health Ministry suggests that there may be more Japanese women who take the record in the future.
The ministry announced Friday that the number of Japanese citizens older than 100 rose to reach 69,785. Of that number, more than 88 percent are women.
The figure is an increase of more than 2,000 centenarians from 2017 and a dramatic increase from 1965 when Japan first started collecting data on those who had lived past 100. Back then, there were 153.
Their growing numbers are evidence that Japan is a rapidly aging society.
The median age of the country is 47.3, according to U.S. government figures.
That makes it the second oldest country in the world, after Monaco; with low birthrates leading to a shrinking population, that figure is likely to rise in the future.