Can you make it to 100 too?

Good morning everyone,

Looks like we'll have cloudy weather for today and tomorrow and then some sun on Tuesday and Wednesday before the rain comes back on Thursday.

Japan's centenarian population hit a record-high 69,785 as of September, with women accounting for 88.1 percent of the total, on the back of medical advances and greater health consciousness, the welfare ministry said Friday.

The figure rose 2,014 from the previous year for the 48th consecutive yearly increase, and represented a nearly a seven-fold jump from two decades ago.

The tally is an estimate for Saturday, two days before this year's Respect-for-the Aged Day holiday, based on resident registry data.

The number of male centenarians stood at 8,331, up 139 from a year earlier, while females came to 61,454, up 1,875. In the year through March next year, up to 32,241 people could reach 100, up 144 from the previous year. Former Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone, who turned 100 in May, is one of them. Looking forward, the centenarian population is projected to rise further, exceeding 100,000 in five years and 170,000 in a decade, according to estimates by the National Institute of Population and Social Security Research. Life expectancy in Japan was projected at 87.26 years for women and 81.09 years for men in 2017.

Kane Tanaka, 115, from the city of Fukuoka in southwestern Japan, is the country's oldest living female. The oldest man is Masazo Nonaka, a 113-year-old resident of Ashoro in northern Japan's Hokkaido. He was recognized by Guinness World Records as the world's oldest living man in April.

The number of centenarians in Japan stood at 153 in 1963, when data were first collected. The figure topped the 10,000 mark in 1998 and the 50,000 line in 2012. Compare these numbers with Canada which has 5,825 centenarians (keep in mind that in 1911 the population of Canada was only 7.2 million whereas Japan's population at that time was 51 million).

I wonder what age we'll make it to...

Have a great day!

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