Death in Japan

Japan is getting older, as everyone knows. But as it gets older, more people are dying at advanced ages.

In 2000 33.4% of men who died were 80 or older, but by 2016 that figure was 51.6%. For women, the 2000 figure was 56.3% at 80 plus, but in 2016 it was 73.8%.

This is having a surprise knock-on effect in other areas, such as funeral attendances. In 1996 according to one Japanese funeral director there were an average 180 people attending a funeral, but this had fallen to 46 in 2013.

Picture source: Chris 73