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Over 15,000 dementia sufferers go missing in Japan in 2016

  • June 15, 2017
  • , Jiji Press , 10:31 a.m.
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Tokyo, June 15 (Jiji Press)–The number of dementia sufferers who went missing in Japan in 2016 rose by 3,224 from the previous year to 15,432, police said Thursday.

The figure hit a record high for the fourth straight year. The survey by the National Police Agency was launched in 2012.

Including those who went missing in 2015 or before, 15,314 were located last year.

Of them, 9,756 were found by police, while 4,950 were found by their families or returned home by themselves. A total of 471 were found dead.

Those located on the day when their disappearances were reported to police came to 11,095, or more than 70 pct of the total, while 15,069, or 98.4 pct, were found within a week.

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