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100-year-olds honored on Japanese holiday

Date Posted: 2008-09-19

Nearly 1,000 senior citizens 100 years of age or older were honored on Okinawa Monday as Japan celebrated Respect for the Aged day.

Okinawa Prefecture Welfare Section says current figures show 94 men and 838 women here have reached or passed the century mark, an increase of 46 in the past year. The oldest, the Prefecture says, is a 113-year-old woman, while a 109-year-old man holds the male honor.

Officials say the bulk of the super senior citizens are still healthy, and that some of the women are still in the work force. The number of seniors attaining the 100-year-old mark has risen steadily over the past 31 years.

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