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In its Respect for the Aged Day (Sep. 21) report, the internal affairs ministry made public its information about the population n Japan. As of Sept. 15, Japan’s population stood at 127.56 million, down 120,000 from a year before. People aged 65 or over numbered 28.98 million (12.39 million men and 16.59 million women), accounting for 22.7 percent of the total population and up 800,000, or 0.6 percentage point, from a year before.

The total number of elderly people and their percentage of the population have reached the highest levels since comparable statistics were first taken in 1950. Now, a quarter (25.4 percent) of Japanese women and one-fifth (19.9 percent) of Japanese men are 65 or over.

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