Saturday, September 13, 2008

Japan, where living up to a 100 years is no big deal...

The number of Japanese people hitting the landmark age of 100 has reached record levels. 

There are now 36,276 centenarians in the country - a rise of 4,000 on last year's figure, a report by the Health and Welfare Ministry found. 

Women make up the vast majority of those who are living past 100. 

Japan has one of the world's longest life expectancies, but there are concerns about the burden this is placing on society. 

Both the country's pension system and social services are under pressure from its burgeoning greying population. More...

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