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Number of people aged 65 and above record high in Japan

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Staff Writer | September 18, 2017
The estimated number of people aged 65 and above in Japan hit a record high of 35.14 million.
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It is accounting for 27.7 percent of the nation's total population, according to a government survey.

The number of elderly people, defined as those aged 65 and above, was up by 570,000 from a year earlier, while the total population of the nation decreased by 210,000, showing the rapid aging of the population, according to the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications survey.

Among them, the number of elderly people who have jobs reached a record high of 7.7 million, rising for the 13th straight year and accounting for 11.9 percent of the nation's total workforce.

Among the elderly people who are working, 3.01 million, or 39 percent, were non-regular employees.

Meanwhile, the number of people aged 90 and above in Japan stood at 2.06 million, up 140,000 from a year earlier and surpassing 2 million for the first time.