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Congratulations, Japan: Gradual Population Decline Proceeds

January 7, 2013 • Asia/Pacific, News

Record Decline in Japan Population
See: http://www.todayonline.com/World/EDC130102-0000034/Record-decline-in-Japan-population

TOKYO – Japan’s population last year declined by 212,000, the biggest drop on record, according to an estimate by the nation’s Health Ministry.

The ministry said the number of newborn babies last year fell to a record low of 1.033 million, down by 18,000 from 2011, Kyodo News reported. Total number of deaths last year is expected to total 1.245 million.

Based on those numbers, the natural population decline obtained by deducting deaths from births was estimated at 212,000 last year – which is higher than the drop in 2011, the first time the decline exceeded 200,000 in a country with an ageing population.

The ministry said it is the largest reduction since it started recording the data in 1947.

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