According to an announcement by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, the number of people 100 years of age or above exceeded 70,000 for the first time in Japan, including 9,782 residents of Kyushu. The ministry filed the report ahead of the nation’s Respect-for-the-Aged Day and it marked the 49th consecutive year increase. Fukuoka Prefectures registered 3,088 centenarians, of which approximately 90% are women. Source: NHK News Web, 9/13/2019
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