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An estimated 6.24 million people in Japan aged 65 or older were living alone in 2015, exceeding the 6 million mark for the first time, according to a welfare ministry survey released Tuesday that also showed economic distress felt by many of the elderly.

There were 12.71 million households comprised of mainly those seniors and couples in the age bracket, up 500,000 from the previous year, and they comprised 25.2 percent of all households in the country.

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