The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare of Japan released a report on Thursday concerning a survey conducted regarding elderly households in the country. Based on the national survey, 2012 marked another record high of 10,241,000 elderly households. The previous record high set was back in 2010 with 10,207,000 households.
Elderly households are categorized for people at least 65 years of age. This may include those who are living alone or those with minor children. The Ministry said that the number of elderly households comprised the country’s 21.3 percent of households. However, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare did not include households from Fukushima because residents from the Prefecture were evacuated following the 2011 nuclear plant disaster.
Based on the government survey, 3,498,000 of those who lived alone were women while 1,370,000 were men. It was also found out that elderly couples made up 49 percent of the country’s senior citizens. It means there were 5,017,000 couples of the graying population who live together.
The figures found were not only a testament to the growing presence of Japan’s graying population. The elderly households were not the only ones increasing. According to a government study, even the number of workers past their 60s have also increased in number, reaching a record high in 2012.
[via Japan Times]