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More Japanese celebrate their 100th birthday

MORE than 40,000 Japanese people are aged 100 or over, up 10 percent over last year, a government survey showed yesterday, in the latest reminder of the economic problems facing the world's most rapidly aging country.

Of the 40,399 centenarians, 87 percent are women, the Health and Welfare Ministry said. An aging population that is also forecast to shrink is among the challenges facing the incoming prime minister Yukio Hatoyama and his Democratic Party, elected in a landslide last month.

A smaller workforce will have to shoulder the burden of ballooning pension and health care requirements. Just over three people of working age now support each elderly person, but in 50 years the ratio will be closer to one to one.

Japan's centenarian numbers rank it second in the world behind the United States, which now has more than 96,000, although the US population is more than double Japan's. Japan boasts the longest life expectancy in the world.


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