The number of centenarians in Japan has topped 80,000 for the first time, according to new figures, casting a spotlight on the growing challenges posed by the country’s rapidly ageing society.

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The total number of citizens aged 100-plus across Japan has risen steadily for 50 consecutive years, and hit 80,540 this month, 9,176 higher than the same time in 2019.

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The majority of Japanese centenarians were women, who accounted for 88 per cent of the total, according to figures released by the…

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