The Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications revealed on Wednesday the recent population record of Japan, which is a 0.21 percent decline from the previous year. The elderly reached the 30 million mark while those below 15 years of age hit just a little more than half of the senior citizens. The 126,393,679 number as of March had Japan marking its fourth back-to-back decline in population.
The 2011 loss may be due to the earthquake and tsunami disaster, but the years that followed still showed no promising increase in the country’s numbers, while the population continues to grey. The number of elderly in Japan has reached 30,834,268 or 24.4 percent of the country’s total population. Meanwhile, children until the age of 15 are only 16.6 million or 22.09 percent of the country’s total population. The Ministry said it’s the lowest it has ever been, based on their records.
As for the number of births, the country made another record as it hit its fifth consecutive decline with just 1,029,433. According to the Ministry, Japan has also hit the highest record of decrease in population by natural means, which is excess deaths compared to births, with 266,118. Based on the data revealed, 39 out of the 47 prefectures in Japan showed a decrease in population. Fukushima recorded the second most decreased in population, next only to Hokkaido. Meanwhile, foreigners in the country are at 1.5 percent or 1,980,200 of Japan’s total population.
[ via Jiji Press ]