• Kyodo


People aged 65 or older accounted for more than half of all welfare-dependent households in Japan in March — tipping over the 50 percent mark for the first time, the government said.

Of the 826,656 households made up of elderly residents on welfare, an increase of 18,357 from February and a record high, 90 percent comprised a single person, the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry said Wednesday.

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