THE DEMOGRAPHIC FATE OF intelligent SPECIES: Japan's population drops again in 2014

Friday, January 2, 2015

Japan's population drops again in 2014

Japan were young once...
Another year of record low birth-total and shrinking population in Japan: 1.001 million births vs. 1.269 million deaths. Same thing for India and Nigeria a century from now?

Japan’s estimated number of newborn babies last year fell to 1.001 million, the lowest figure on record, further contributing to the ageing and shrinking of the country’s population, official data showed Thursday.

The number marked an all-time low for the fourth straight year, the health, labour and welfare ministry said, while the estimated number of people who died in 2014 totalled 1.269 million, rising for the fifth straight year.
A further drop in the number of children is inevitable as “the number of reproductive-age women is on the decline,” an official at the ministry said, Kyodo News reported.
The proportion of people aged 65 or over is forecast to reach nearly 40% of the population in 2060, the government has warned.

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