Japan’s population declining
For the first time in three years Japan’s population has fallen to 127,057,860 as of March. The Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications say that a majority of it lies within the increase of deaths among the aging population. Population was down 18,323, where a number of deaths exceeded births. This is a record net drop (natural decline) of 73,024.
The ministry started calculating deaths since March 1980, and since then there is a high total of 1,146,105 deaths. Japan also came to its second lowest figure for birth since March 2006, 1,073,081.
A ministry official stated that Japan, “may have become a society facing full-scale population declines as the number of deaths is on a rising trend amid the aging population.’’
The population decline in the latest survey was partly offset by an increase in the number of people returning to Japan from overseas. More people returned to Japan than left, resulting in a net increase of 54,701, according to the ministry.