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Saturday, February 27, 2016

Japan Census Shows First Decline in Population Since 1920 - And the West is Not Far Behind

Japan Lost Nearly a Million People in 5 Years, Census Says - The New York Times
Japan’s population shrank by nearly a million during the last half-decade, official census figures confirmed on Friday, an unprecedented drop for a society not ravaged by war or other deadly crisis, and one that helps explain the country’s persistent economic woes.
It was the first time since Japan began collecting census data in 1920 that a nationwide count recorded a decline in the population, though surveys based on smaller samples have shown a downward trend for years.
The population stood at 127.1 million in 2015, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications said, down by 947,000, or 0.7 percent, compared with the last census in 2010.
A shrinking population creates ripples that are felt from the economy to politics.
Japan population shrinks by one million census confirms - BBC News
Japan now has 947,000 fewer people than when the last census was conducted in 2010, figures released by the internal affairs ministry show.
Only eight prefectures, including the capital Tokyo, saw a population increase, national broadcaster NHK. reported.
The remaining 39 all saw declines, including Fukushima which saw the largest drop of 115,000 people.
Fukushima, site of the doomed nuclear power station, was hit especially badly by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
Japan Census Shows First Decline in Population Since 1920 - Bloomberg Business
Japan’s population declined last year for the first time in nearly a century.
The number of Japanese dropped to 127.1 million in a national census for 2015, down 0.7 percent compared with five years earlier, according to data released today by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications. The decline was the first recorded since the 5-year census started in 1920.
Japan is one of the world’s fastest aging countries with 27 percent of people over 65 years old, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Germany, France and Italy face similar population trends, with one in every five of their citizens over the age of 65, data showed.
Japan's population declines for first time since 1920s – official census | World news | The Guardian
Japan Population 2016 - World Population Review
Japan, the island nation in East Asia, is a fairly sizable archipelago of 6,852 islands, although the four largest islands (Honshu, Hokkaido, Kyushu and Shitoku) account for 97% of its population. The last set of official figures pertaining to Japan’s population were released at the time of the 2010 census and the final statistics showed there were 128,056,026 people here, which would make Japan the tenth largest country in the world. The most recent estimate places the number lower at 126.6 million, still the world's 10th most populous country. Though in decline, it still holds that position in 2014 with an estimated 127 million people.

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