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Japan’s population declines for eighth year in a row

  • April 13, 2019
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The Saturday editions of all dailies reported on annual demographic data released by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications on Friday showing that Japan’s population stood at 126.44 million as of last October, down by 263,000 from last year and declining for the eighth year in a row. The working-age population aged 15 to 64 shrank 512,000 to 75.45 million, or 59.7% of the total, the same as the lowest level recorded in 1950 when comparable data became available. The ratio of people aged 65 or older was 28.1%, or 35.58 million, while that of people under 15 was 12.2%. People aged 70 or above accounted for 20.7%, surpassing the 20% mark for the first time.

 

Nikkei focused on an unprecedented rise in the number of foreign residents in Japan, reporting that the foreign population stood at 2.225 million, representing an increase of 640,000 during the past six years. People aged 15-64 made up 85% of all foreign residents, marking a contrast with the rapid graying of the Japanese population.

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