18 Sep 2023, 09:36
Update : 18 Sep 2023, 12:08

One in 10 Japanese are older than 80: government data

TOKYO, Sept 18, 2023 (BSS/AFP) - More than 10 percent 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 on Sunday, ahead of Monday'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 percent from 29.0 percent a year ago.

The level compared with second-ranked Italy's 24.5 percent and third-ranked
Finland's 23.6 percent, according to the internal affairs ministry.

"Japan has the highest percentage of elderly population in the world," the
ministry said in a press release.

For decades, Japan has seen its population shrink and grow older as young
people delay marriage and children largely due to unstable jobs and economic

As a result, Japan has seen ballooning costs for elderly care with not enough
young people to fill jobs and pay for various social and welfare programmes.

The ministry said that with the baby boomer population turning 75 or older,
Japan's 124.4 million people are continuing to grow older.

Around 12.59 million people are 80 or older while 20 million are 75 or older,
it said.

As a result, Japan is relying on an elderly labour force.

More than nine million elderly are working, accounting for 13.6 percent of
the workforce, or one in seven workers in Japan.

A quarter of all elderly in Japan have jobs, less than South Korea's 36.2
percent, but far ahead of other developing countries such as the United
States at 18.6 percent, and France at 3.9 percent.

More than a third of people between70 to 74 have jobs in Japan, the data

By 2040, Japan's elderly population is projected to account for 34.8 percent
of the population.

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