Monday was a national holiday in Japan - Respect for the Aged Day. I love the holidays celebrated in Japan!
There are now a record 67,824 centenarians in Japan, up by 2,132 from a year ago. The Japanese welfare ministry says the growing numbers are due to greater health consciousness and medical advances. When information on the number of centenarians in Japan was first collected in 1963, there were only 153.
Women now account for 87.9 percent of the total. Japan's oldest woman is Nabi Tajima, 117, living in Kagoshima Prefecture. Now she is also the oldest person in the world. The oldest man in Japan is Masazo Nonaka, 112, living in Hokkaido Prefecture. Currently life expectancy for women in Japan is 87.14 years and 80.98 years for men.
Previously, 100 year olds in Japan were given cups of pure silver by the Prime Minister, but last year the government decided to switch to silver-plated cups in order to save money.
Is there a national holiday for the elderly where you live?