, who lived through a century and then some in Japan, died earlier this month as the oldest person in the world at age 117. Research by Pew estimates that by 2050 there will be 3.7 million centenarians
across the globe.
Japan is routinely home to centenarians and supercentenarians, or people older than 110. For the island country, the aging population and plunging birthrate is creating a series of economic problems
. Other countries have similarly been wrestling with how to plan for their elderly in the future, even if they do not have the highest concentration of centenarians