The number of Japanese age 65 or older stands at a record 22.72 million, accounting for a record 17.9 percent of the population, the Public Management, Home Affairs, Posts and Telecommunications Ministry said in a report Friday.

The number of elderly people was up 820,000 from the previous year, meaning that one in 5.6 people is now 65 or over, according to the report. Respect for the Aged Day, a national holiday, is observed today.

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