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Gerontological Nursing in Japan
Current Situation on Aging in Japan
  • Total population: 128.06 million (2010)
  • Total number of people 65 years of age or older: 29,580,000 (the highest ever)
  • Gender balance (over 65 years old): 12,640,000 men and 16,930,000 women, with a gender ratio (number of males per 100 females) 74.7.
  • Percentage of the population over 65 years of age (population aging rate): 22.7% (last year: 23.1%)
  • Population of persons aged 65]74 years old (young]old): 15,280,000, 11.9% of the total population
  • Population of persons aged 75 years old or over (old]old): 14,300,000, 11.2% of the total population
  • From 2042, even though the elderly population decreases, the aging of society will continue to advance.
  • In 2055, the percentage of the elderly will reach 40.5%, with 1 in 2.5 people being 65 years old or over; the percentage of people aged 75 years old or over will be 26.5%, with 1 in every 4 persons being 75 years old or over.
  • Average life expectancy (2009): Men 79.59 years; women 86.44 years.
  • Social security expenditure (2007): approx. 91.4305 trillion yen (the highest ever)
  • Approx. 63.5654 trillion yen, or about 69.5%, of the social security was spent on benefits for the elderly (2007)
(Source: Cabinet Office (2010). Annual Report on the Aging Society 2010. http://www8.cao.go.jp/kourei/english/annualreport/2010/2010pdf_e.html [Accessed: 29 November, 2011])

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