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Japan: One in 10 people in the country are 80 or older | world

Japan has the largest older population in the world, which is measured by the proportion of people aged 65 and over in the total population – Image: Getty Images via BBC

For the first time in historyMore than one in 10 people in Japan are 80 or older.

New data shows that too 29.1% of the country’s population of 125 million are aged 65 or older – register.

Hey Japan It has one of the lowest birth rates in the world It has long sought solutions to economically support its aging population.

The country has the largest population in the worldwhich is measured by the proportion of people aged 65 or older in the general population, according to the United Nations.

The percentage is 24.5% in Italy and 23.6% in FinlandWhich occupy second and third places, respectively.

it is expected that, In the year 2040 in Japanpeople over the age of 65 will represent 34.8% of the populationAccording to the National Institute of Population and Social Security Research.

The country’s employment rate for older people is among the highest in large economies. Workers aged 65 or older represent more than 13% of the Japanese workforce.

but This did little to ease the burden of expenses With social security.

The Japanese government has approved a record budget for the next financial year, partly due to rising social security costs – Image: Getty Images via BBC

Hey Japan Approval of a standard budget for the next fiscal year This is partly due to the high costs of Social Security

Efforts to increase the birth rate have had little success Due to the high cost of living and long working hours in the country.

Birth rates are declining in many countriesIncluding Japan’s neighbors.

But the problem is particularly acute in Japan.

it is expected that The country had fewer than 800,000 babies born last year – The lowest number since records existed, from the nineteenth century.

In the 1970s, This number was more than 2 million.

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said in January Your country is on the verge of collapse in societal functioning due to a low birth rate.

but, The authorities are still reluctant to accept immigrants as a solution to this decline.