Japan’s population continues to decrease with the most recent news released by the BBC showing the population of Japan has dropped by one million Japanese since 2011. According to this BBC article “government projections, by 2060 about 40% of its citizens will be sixty-five or older, and the general population will be one-third smaller than it is now”. How is Japan going to carry out “structural reform” (increased manufacturing) when the population of Japan will have 40% of its population 65 years-old and older? I suspect robots will replace these aging Japanese. According to the World Bank 10.1 Japanese die per 1,000 people a year and that statistic has remained consistent for the past five years.
Japan population shrinks by one million census confirms
26 February 2016
Image caption Japan has been grappling with the problem of a rapidly ageing population for years
New census figures in Japan show the population has shrunk by nearly one million in the past five years, in the first decline registered since 1920.
As of October last year the country has 127.1 million people, 0.7% fewer than in the last census.
Demographers have long predicted a drop, citing Japan’s falling birth rate and a lack of immigration.
The rapidly aging population has contributed to a stagnating economy and worries of increasing health costs.
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.
Image caption Researchers are predicting a sharp drop-off in the working population
Japan has seen population growth for much of the past century, but this has been slowing rapidly in recent decades. The last census showed the population had completely stopped growing.
Friday’s numbers mark the first time a decline has been recorded in the census, which has been taken every five years since 1920.
Read entire article at BBC.
And now, dedicated to Japan’s shrinking population, a little music from Jeff Beck who has a large fan base in Japan…
Jeff Beck’s Going Down