Japan population falls at fastest rate yet

(From Asahi Shimbun)

The population of Japan dropped for the seventh year in a row in 2015, and at the fastest rate ever compared with the previous year, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications figures show.

Japan has a rapidly aging population with more than a quarter of its citizens over the age of 65

Japan has a rapidly aging population with more than a quarter of its citizens over the age of 65

The population declined by 271,834 in 2015, the biggest annual fall since the study began in 1968. At the same time, the number of foreign nationals living in Japan increased once again to a new high.

The statistics, released July 13, were calculated by the ministry based on data from the Basic Resident Register kept by local governments, which includes everybody living in Japan as of Jan. 1, 2016, regardless of citizenship status.

The numbers revealed that Japan is continuing to age, as those 65 and older account for 26.59 percent of the population, and more than half of the nation lives in and around big cities, both breaking previous records. Read more



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