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The number of people aged 100 or older in Japan has surpassed 80,000 for the first time amid the rapid aging of the country’s population, government data showed Tuesday.

The number of centenarians rose 9,176 from the previous year to 80,450 as of Tuesday for the 50th consecutive annual increase, with women accounting for 88.2 percent of the total, according to the data released by the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry.

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