TOKYO, 14 SEPTEMBER – The record for the number of centenarians in Japan is constantly updated, never so many in the last 50 years, at 86,500, and with a clear prevalence of women. The data released by the Ministry of Health on the occasion of the holiday celebrating Respect for the Third Age, next Monday, show a steady rise since the beginning of the statistics, starting in 1963, when people over 100 years of age they were just 153. Specifically, 88.4% are women, at 76,450, while men recorded an increase to 10,060 units. Advances in medical research have seen significant growth in recent decades, the ministry explains, with life expectancy in Japan being the highest in the world for both gender identities: 87.74 years for women and 81. 64 for men. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the oldest person in the world, 118 years old, is in fact a Japanese woman. A resident of Fukuoka, Kane Tanaka was born in 1903, the same year that the Wright brothers made the first aerial flight that could be controlled by the pilot. At 111, however, Nara resident Miziko Ueda is the oldest man in Japan. (HANDLE).