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Shrinking Japanese population

  • September 25, 2016
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160926 NHK specialNHK’s “NHK Special” on Sunday carried a report on the Japanese population, which this year recorded the first decline in the nearly 100 years during which Japan has been conducting a national census. The program said even the population of Tokyo is expected to start declining in 2020, when it hosts the Olympics. Many young people who came to Tokyo to find jobs are living on low salaries, adding that financial difficulties are making it impossible for them to consider getting married. The situation in regional areas is particularly serious. Hokkaido’s Yubari City, which went bankrupt in 2007, has begun decreasing government services as the city’s population has dropped from about 110,000 to less than 9,000. The program reported on the city’s drastic measures to cut costs due to financial difficulties.

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