Sunday, July 18, 2010

Respect for the Aged Day

Respect for the Elderly (敬老 の 日, Keirō no hi?) Is one of the official holiday in Japan. This holiday used to be commemorated on 15 September, but since 2003 was moved to Monday in week-3 months of September following the Happy Monday System system.

This holiday statutory holiday, Japan (Shukujitsu-ho) is used to "love the elderly of our contributions over the years to the community, and celebrate a long life."


Respect for the Elderly Day originated from the idea of a chief of a village called Kadowaki Masao Taka District, Hyogo Prefecture (now the city of Taka), who proposed a "Parents Day" (Toshiyori no hi). In the village he led on 15 September as a day to honor the elderly on 15 September and the coincidence in mid-September is the relative quiet of the farm work. Since 1950, the event was extended throughout the Hyogo Prefecture and subsequently used as a national memorial day.

In 1964, Parents' Day (Toshiyori no hi) was renamed Day of the Elderly (Rōjin no hi) because the term "toshiyori" (parents) felt less polite. In 1966, the Aged Day holiday made after changing its name to Respect for the Aged Day (Keirō no hi).

Seniors over the age of 100 years

The number of Japanese people aged 100 years or more, there were 25 554 people (including Japanese people residing abroad and foreigners staying in Japan). Data issued by the Ministry of Health Labor and Welfare of Japan on 13 September 2005 and revised September 16, 2005.

The number of Japanese people aged 100 years increased by 2516 persons compared to the year 2004. Of the 25 554 people over the age of 100 years, 21 775 were women (2260 person increase), while men were 3.779 people (an increase of 256 persons). Based on statistical calculations, of the total Japanese population of 100 000 there are 20.05 people aged over 100 years.


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