Elderly account for record 28.7% of Japan's populationChristian Fernsby ▼ | September 21, 2020
The estimated number of people aged 65 or older in Japan stood at 36.17 million as of Tuesday, accounting for 28.7 percent of the nation’s total population, with both figures hitting record highs, an internal affairs ministry survey showed Sunday.
Population Elderly Japan people
Elderly men totaled 15.73 million, accounting for 25.7 percent of the total male population. The number of elderly women stood at 20.44 million, or 31.6 percent of the female population across Japan.
The share of the elderly population has remained on the rise since 1950. It is expected to come to as high as 35.3 percent in 2040, when the so-called second baby-boomer generation, or people born in 1971-1974 to postwar baby boomers, reaches the age of 65 or older. ■