Japan’s centenarians hit record for 47th straight year

From a year earlier, the centenarian figure based on basic resident register data rose by 2,132, according to the ministry’s report released before Respect for the Aged Day on Monday.

The number of people in the country aged 100 or higher, which stood at 153 in the first survey year of 1963, topped 10,000 in 1998. Since surpassing the 30,000 mark in 2007, the centenarian population has doubled in 10 years, the ministry said.

The latest survey also found that women’s headcount increased 2,102 to account for 88 pct of the total. Men’s number rose by 30.

There were 53.43 centenarians per 100,000 people nationwide. Among the country’s 47 prefectures, Shimane logged the largest rate per 100,000, at 97.54, topping the list for five years in a row.

Torrential rain is drenching part of southern Kyushu as strong typhoon Talim edges toward the western Japanese region. (NHK)

The number of centenarians in Japan totaled 67,824 as of Friday, hitting a record high for the 47th consecutive year, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare said. (Jiji)

Police in the southernmost Japan prefecture of Okinawa have arrested four boys on suspicion of vandalizing a cave in a local village where a number of residents committed suicide in the final phase of World War II. (Jiji)

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean President Moon Jae-in have agreed to further increase pressure on North Korea, following its launch of a ballistic missile that flew over Japan on Friday morning. (NHK)

The total amount of money paid to medical institutions in Japan to cover treatment of injuries and diseases fell 0.4 pct from the previous year to 41,286.5 billion yen in fiscal 2016, the health ministry said in a preliminary report Friday. (Jiji)

Japan’s Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera has suggested that North Korea’s latest missile launch was likely linked to its earlier threat to aim at waters off Guam. (NHK)

Japan’s Defense Ministry says a ballistic missile fired from North Korea landed in the Pacific Ocean about 2,200 kilometers east of Hokkaido, northern Japan, on Friday morning. (NHK)

Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested two male Vietnamese nationals for allegedly stealing at least 200 million yen worth of items from empty homes in the Kanto region, reports TBS News (tokyoreporter.com)

A team of Japanese and other researchers won this year’s Ig Nobel Biology Prize on Thursday for discovering an insect with sex-reversed genitals. (Jiji)

A 48-year-old man was arrested Thursday on suspicion of fatally stabbing a woman and seriously injuring her 4-year-old daughter in Osaka Prefecture, investigators said. (Japan Times)

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