One in 10 Japanese older than 80

The elderly are projected to account for 34.8% of Japan's population by 2040. – EPA pic, September 18, 2023.

MORE than 10% of Japanese people have crossed 80 years or older for the first time, new official data showed, as the nation faces a rapidly greying population.

Government data released yesterday, ahead of today’s “Respect for Aged Day” national holiday, also showed that the share of Japan’s population at 65 or older expanded to a record 29.1% from 29% a year ago.

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