Japan’s child population remains fall


Japan’s child population remains in free fall, with the number of children dropping for the 33rd year straight, Japanese media reports. Japan has lost 160,000 children under the age of 15 since last year. As of April 1, children under 15 made up 12.8 percent of the Japanese population, the lowest ratio among 30 nations with populations of at least 40 million, according to ministry officials. The ministry warns the child population will continue to decline without a major increase in the number of births.  (read more on rt.com)

The number of children in Japan has fallen to a new low, while the amount of people over 65 has reached a record high as the population ages and shrines, the government said. Last month, the government said the number of people in the world’s third largest economy dropped by 0.17% to 127,298,000 as of 1 October 2013. This includes long-staying foreigners. The proportion of people aged 65 or over is forecast to reach nearly 40% in 2060, the government has warned. (read more on the guardian.com)

Japan have, for the 33rd straight year, recorded a decrease in the number of children under 15. This year through, the numbers have plunged to a record low of 16.33 million, around 160,000 less than last year, according to Japan’s internal affairs ministry. As of April 1, children under 15 made up 12.8 percent of the Japanese population, the lowest ratio among 30 nations with populations of at least 40 million, also according to data revealed by the ministry officials. The ratio of children against Japan’s whole population has steadily been decreasing for 40 straight years since 1974.Starting 1997, senior citizens-technically those 65 years or older have outnumbered children in Japan. (read more on japandailypress.com)

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