September 15th 2019
TOKYO -The estimated number of people aged 65 or older in Japan stood at 35.88 million as of Sunday, accounting for 28.4% of the nation’s total population, with both figures hitting record highs, an internal affairs ministry survey showed the same day. The elderly population increased 320,000 from a year earlier.
The survey results, released ahead of Respect for the Aged Day on Monday, a national holiday, suggests Japan’s urgent tasks of tackling challenges such as social security system reform and labor shortages in rapidly aging society.
Elderly men totaled 15.60 million, up 150,000, while the number of elderly women increased 170,000 to 20.28 million.
According to the National Institute of Population and Social Security Research, the elderly population is expected to account for 30.0% of the total population in 2025 and 35.3% in 2040, when the second baby boomers, who were born in 1971-1974, will be 65 or older.