Did you know?: The number of elderly is on the rise in Japan

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Did you know?: The number of elderly is on the rise in Japan

by: Takahiro Takiguchi | .
Stripes Japan | .
published: December 11, 2017

Japan is getting older very quickly! The population of Japan, 126,933,000 as of October 2016, declined by 162,000 from the previous year, while that of seniors (ages 65 or older) was 34,591,000 - up by 723,000. As a result, the elderly share 26 percent of the population. The rapidly increasing elderly and the decline of newborns
is causing major concerns over how a shrinking workforce will continue to fund healthcare and social security.

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