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Japan’s birth rate likely to plunge amid COVID-19 pandemic 

  • October 22, 2020
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Nikkei reported that Japan’s birth rate appears likely to decline amid the novel coronavirus outbreak, as the number of pregnancies reported to local governments nationwide in the first seven months of this year dropped by 5.1% from the previous year to 513,850. The paper speculated that more young people may be choosing not to get married or have children because of the rapid economic deceleration and worsening employment situation triggered by the pandemic, expressing concern that the ongoing public health crisis may accelerate the decline in the birth rate. The daily added that the number of young couples seeking fertility treatment is also plummeting. Other papers ran similar articles.    

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