Tokyo, Jun 22 (EFE).- A record high 18,709 people with dementia went missing in Japan in 2022, an increase of 6.1 percent compared to 2021 and almost double of the 9,607 such patients reported missing in 2012, the police said.
The national police said in its annual report that 77.5 percent of the missing individuals were found on the day when the complaint was filed, while the rest were located within a week.
At least 491 of the missing patients were found dead, it added.
The Japanese police have been working on measures to locate missing individuals more quickly,
“We believe that it is important to take measures by the whole society: from local authorities to companies or centers for the elderly to facilitate the search for people with dementia,” government spokesperson Hirokazu Matsuno said at a press conference.
Matsuno highlighted that a dementia law had been approved topromote measures to protect the people with disorders such as dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, which mostly affect elderly people.
In 2022, a total of 84,910 people went missing in Japan, marking an increase of 5,692 from the previous year. Out of these, 16,848 were in their 20s – the age-group that accounted for the largest chunk of missing persons – while 13,749 were in their 80s. EFE