Japan’s elderly population hits record high

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The estimated number of people aged 65 and over in Japan hit a record 36.4 million on Wednesday, an increase of 220,000 from the previous year, the Interior Ministry said on Sunday.

The share of these older adults in the country’s total population has reached a record 29.1%, the highest among 201 countries and regions in the world.

Older men made up 15.83 million, or 26% of the total male population. There were 20.57 million elderly women, or 32% of the female population.

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The ministry released the data ahead of Respect for the Elderly Day on Monday, a national holiday.

In Japan, the share of the elderly has been increasing since 1950. This figure is expected to reach 35.3% in 2040 when the second generation of baby boomers, or those born in the early 1970s, reach the age of 65 or over. more, according to the National Institute for Population and Social Security Research.

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In 2020, the number of employed seniors reached an all-time high of 9.06 million, increasing for the 17th year in a row. They represented a record 13.6% of all employed people aged 15 and over and 25.1% of all seniors.

Of the total older workers, those in wholesale and retail trade were the largest group, at 1.28 million, followed by 1.06 million people working in agriculture and forestry and 1.04 million people. people in the service sector.

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The number of older people in non-regular employment stood at 3.9 million, or 76.5% of the total non-managerial and self-employed older workforce, compared to 1.63 million ten years ago.

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