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The number of people 100 years old or above in Japan is estimated to have hit a record 86,510, with the number of men reaching the milestone topping 10,000 for the first time, health ministry data showed Tuesday.

The number of centenarians as of Sept. 15 represents an increase of 6,060 from a year earlier, marking the 51st consecutive year of rise, the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry said prior to the Respect for the Aged Day holiday, which falls next Monday.

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