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The population of the Tokyo metropolitan area is expected to age more rapidly than the national average, a white paper by the Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Ministry said Friday.

The population of those 65 or older in Tokyo and seven neighboring prefectures will grow 42 percent over a 10-year period, from 7.61 million in 2005 to 10.78 million in 2015, with the metropolitan area graying faster than the projected average of 31 percent projected for the entire country, the paper said.

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