You probably know that people on average are living longer, especially in developed countries such as Japan. An article in The Asahi Shinbun reports that there “has been a dramatic increase in the number of people aged 100 or older” across Japan, with 67,824 centarians currently residing in the country.

The total number of people surpassing age 100 has reached a record high for 47 consecutive years. In 1971, there were only 339.

As you would expect, there are far more women centenarians than men: 88% of the total.

Further reading:
100-year-olds in Japan hit record high population of 67,824
Asahi Shimbun
September 15, 2017

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