JAPAN has surpassed a population of more than 70,000 centenarians for the first time, according to the official data released on Friday.
The figures in the Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare survey showed 71,238 people aged 100 or older, with 88 per cent of them women.
In 2018, the same survey had showed 69,785 centenarians.
These figures are five times that of the centenarian population of 12,256 in the 2000 census.
The increase confirms the progressive ageing population of Japan, which has 127 million people.
Fukuoka's Kane Tanaka at 116 years of age holds the Guinness World Record for the world's oldest living person.
The ministry figures were shared ahead of the national Respect for the Aged Day celebrations on Monday.
Australian Associated Press