Over 200 people gathered recently on a hot day at a shrine in downtown Tokyo.
Many in the crowd were older adults. Some chewed gum and lifted dumbbells. The weight lifting was meant to increase their strength and balance.
The elderly Japanese had gathered for an event to mark Respect for the Aged Day.
The observance comes at a time when Japan's population is aging. The number of people aged 65 and over has grown to 27.7 percent of the population. That information comes from government reports.
The number of elderly Japanese who still work has also hit a new high. These numbers are evidence of efforts by the government and private businesses to keep the elderly at work.
The government estimates, released on Monday, are a sign of the problems resulting from a declining birthrate. Now, there are around 1.45 births for every woman in Japan. Many economists say a developed country needs a birthrate above 2 births per woman to prevent its population from shrinking.
Japan has struggled with a declining workforce for many years. The percentage of elderly people is among the highest in the Group of Seven Nations. Italy, for example, has an elderly population of around 23 percent. Germany has around 21.5 percent, while France has 19.7 percent.
In Japan, the government estimates that 35.14 million Japanese people are age 65 or older. 7.7 million of those men and women are still working.
For the first time, the number of Japanese aged 90 or older rose above two million.
Natsu Naruse joined the group exercise in Tokyo last week. She recently turned 100 years old.
"I think my children would have trouble," if I lived longer, she said.
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The infidels defiled the holy shrine.
Afterwards, one of the monks gave us some gum.
Most of the time people chew their food slowly, as my mother taught me to do so many years ago.
If you have one in your area, it's worth checking out, especially for their dumbbell selection, which is usually pretty good.
1.The weight lifting was meant to increase their strength and balance.
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2.Japan has struggled with a declining workforce for many years.
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这些人中很多都是年长者 。他们中的一些人嚼着口香糖，举着哑铃 。举重是为了让增强体力和平衡感 。
这个活动正逢日本老龄化问题凸显之际 。日本65岁以上的人口占总人口的27.7% 。这一信息来源于政府发布的报告 。
日本在职老龄人口的数量也达到了新高 。这些数字也表明，日本政府和私营企业也在努力将老龄人口留在工作岗位上 。
据日本政府周一发布的估测数据，表明出生率下滑造成的一些问题 。现在日本平均每名女性的婴儿出生量为1.45 。而许多经济学家表示，发达国家需要2以上的出生率才能阻止人口缩减 。
多年来，日本一直在生产力下滑的困境中挣扎 。日本的老龄人口占比是七国集团中最高的 。比如，意大利的老龄人口占比是23%左右，德国21.5%，法国19.7% 。
日本政府估测，日本65岁以上的人口已达3514万 。而其中有770万人还没有退休 。
奈津上周加入了东京的这种团体锻炼之中 。她最近就要100岁高寿了 。
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