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Okinawa Prefecture leads in longevity

Date Posted: 1998-09-25

On Tuesday, the Ministry of Welfare announced the list of Japanese centenarians. A total of 10,158 individuals in Japan were over 100 years of age in 1998, exceeding 1997s number by 1,667. The announcement marks the first time there were over 10,000 Japanese residents to reach their 100th birthday.

The Okinawa Prefecture retained the number one position for the ninth straight year being number one in life expectancy.

The Ministry of Welfare expected to reach the 10,000 mark in 1999, but those results came sooner than expected. There will be another 5,791 individuals who are expected to reach the 100-year mark by next March, an increase of 801 over last years numbers.

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