Every year since 1963, citizens turning 100 have received a commemorative silver cup> When the tradition began, Japan had 153 centenarians.
Fast forward five decades and that number has exploded -- 29, 357 turned 100 in 2014 alone.
Japan has the oldest population in the world -- more than a quarter of people are over 65.
Each silver cup cost 8000 yen ($65 US dollars), adding a whopping 260 million yen ($2.1 million US dollars) to the state budget said Akira Yanase an official at Japan's ministry of health, labor and welfare. The government is now considering a less expensive option.
I guess its gonna be styrofoam cups for the geezers from now on
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