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Topic - Akira Nagatsuma
Japan prides itself on the world's longest life expectancy but is struggling with a disturbing footnote to that statistic _ revelations that hundreds of people listed as its oldest citizens are either long dead or haven't been heard from for decades.
Stung by the growing reports of unaccounted-for centenarians, Health and Welfare Minister Akira Nagatsuma has urged officials to find a better way to monitor the elderly.
"Many people have doubts whether the government properly keeps track of senior citizens' whereabouts," he said. "It is important for public offices to check up on them _ where and how they are _ and follow through all the way."