Japan has more than 2 million people over the age of 90

By Ray Downs  |  Sept. 19, 2017 at 12:21 AM
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Sept. 18 (UPI) -- Japan counted more than 2 million people over the age of 90, according to government data released Monday.

The number of people over 90 has doubled since 2004, when the country recorded 1.02 million. And in the past year, the over 90 crowd has increased by 140,000, reported Japan Today.

The country also has more than 35 million people over the age of 65, accounting for about 27.7 percent of its population. Of those 65 or older, 7.7 million have jobs, enough to make up 11.9 percent of the country's workforce, reported the Japan Times.

"Elderly people are eager to work and more companies are accepting them," a ministry official in charge of the statistics said.

Japan, with a population of 127 million people, has a little more than one-third the population of the United States, which counts 323 million in its borders. But Japan's over 90 population is more than the last reported U.S. Census figures, which counted 1.9 million in 2010.

Quality healthcare in Japan has helped the country have the world's highest life expectancy. But aging still has its effects.

Last year, Japan's National Police Agency said the country was suffering from a dementia crisis as more than 12,000 people with dementia were reported missing in 2015. While many were found within a few days, 479 were found dead, reported the Guardian.

But some in Japan have also taken steps to spread awareness of dementia.

Earlier this year, a restaurant opened with waitstaff members who each have dementia. Customers are informed that their orders might not be taken correctly, but the idea is that they interact with dementia patients and have an increased understanding of the disease.

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