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The number of people in Japan 100 or older is set to hit a record high of 54,397 on Sunday, up 3,021 from a year earlier, the health ministry said Friday.

The number of men 100 and over is expected to reach 6,791 and the number of women 47,606, accounting for 87.5 percent of the total, the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry said in a survey ahead of Respect for the Aged Day.

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