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Japan celebrates the elderly

Each year on the third Monday of September, the Japanese mark Respect for the Aged Day - a tradition which goes back to 1947.

Japan has one of the fastest aging populations in the world because of a very high life expectancy and decreasing birth rate. According to the latest figures released by the Japanese ministry of health, the average life expectancy is 83.02 years.

Japan has one of the fastest aging populations in the world because of a very high life expectancy and decreasing birth rate. According to the latest figures released by the Japanese ministry of health, the average life expectancy is 83.02 years.