One - Eighth Of Population Now Aged 75 Or Older

One-eighth of population now aged 75 or olderThe number of Japanese aged 75 or older reached a record 15.9 million, comprising one in eight people, figures show.
The internal affairs ministry calculated figures on the nation’s graying population to coincide with Respect-for-the-Aged Day, a national holiday, on Sept. 15.

It said those aged 75 or older account for 12.5 percent of the population and that one in four people is now aged 65 or older.

Those in the latter category make up 25.9 percent of the population for a total of 32.96 million people, also a record.

Of the so-called baby boomers, who were born between 1947 and 1949, those turning 65 this year contributed to the record percentage figures.

There were 23.83 million people aged 70 or older, accounting for 18.7 percent of the national total. Those aged 80 or older came to 9.64 million, or 7.6 percent of the population.

The figures show that 14.21 million of the seniors aged 65 or older are male, or 23.0 percent of all men in Japan. The figure for females is 18.75 million, or 28.7 percent of all women in Japan.

According to a housing and land survey by the ministry in 2013, the number of households that had at least one senior member totaled 20.86 million.

That was the first year the figure topped 20 million since the survey, which is conducted every five years, was first undertaken.

Of those, the number of single elderly households reached 5.52 million.