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The population’s graying is accelerating, with centenarians in Japan expected to reach 40,399 in midmonth, breaking the 40,000 threshold for the first time, a government survey showed Friday.

The annual survey, conducted ahead of Respect-for-the-Aged Day on Sept. 21, also showed that the numbers of both male and female centenarians are increasing to record highs.

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