The Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare published a report today indicating that the number of Japanese aged 100 and over has increased to 36,276 in 2008. That is 3,981 more than last year. These results were published in advance of National Aged Day which takes place on 15 September.
From this total, 31,213 are women. The highest concentration of centenarians are found in Okinawa (61 in every 100,000), with Shimane second (58) and Kochi third (55).
The oldest man is Tomoji Tanabe, aged 113, and lives in Miyazaki Prefecture.