TOKYO -- The number of Japanese centenarians rose to 4,152 in September, up 527 from 1991 and the 22nd consecutive increase since 1971, according to the annual tally of the nation's elderly released on Sept. 8 by the Ministry of Health and Welfare.
Each tally since 1971 has established a record high.
Tane Ikai, a resident of the city of Nagoya in Aichi Prefecture, is the oldest Japanese at 113. The oldest 19 people in the country are women. The oldest man is 107-year-old Gengan Tonaki, of the city of Okinawa in Okinawa Prefecture.
Among 30 people over the age of 107, only three are men.
The tally is compiled each year prior to Respect for the Aged Day, on Sept. 15. The survey, which tallies the number of elderly Japanese as of Sept. 1, includes people who will be 100 or older by Sept. 30.
Of the 4,152 centenarians, 3,330, or 80.2 percent, are women.
When the Aged People's Welfare Law was enacted in 1963,there were only 153 centenarians in Japan.