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17,479 people with dementia went missing in Japan in 2019, 245 were never found

Over 17,000 people with dementia went missing in Japan last year and 245 of those people were never found.

Data released by the National Police Agency shows that in 2019 a total of 17,479 people with dementia, or with suspected dementia, went missing, the highest figure since data began in 2012.

Japan has a population of over 126 million people and the largest population of over 65’s in the world. Over 20 per cent of Japan’s population is over 65 years old, and by 2030, one in every three people will be 65 or older.

The 2019 figures were up 552 from 2018 and 80 per cent higher than in 2012. 71.7 per cent were found the same day their disappearance was reported, according to Japan Today. 99 per cent were found within a week, while four people were found more than two years after they went missing.

The overall number of people who went missing last year, including those not suffering from dementia, reached 86,933. Among missing people aged 70 or older, dementia was the largest cause of their disappearance.

Like Australia, Japan is in the midst of a dementia crisis that is expected to worsen in the near future. Approximately 4.6 million people are suffering from some form of dementia in Japan, with the total expected to soar to about 7.3 million people by 2025.

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