I recently read this article and although majority of the items are believable, #5 is really shocking.
Is it true that there are more than 50,000 alive people in Japan already over 100?
According to the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, yes. As of September 15, 2013, they reported that there were 54,397 persons over the age of 100.
Though they have previously had issues with their records, recording as alive persons that had actually died years before, such as the case of Sogen Kato, who was on their records as being alive for 30 years after his death.