Via the BBC: Japan’s population falls ‘by record 244,000’ in 2013
Japan’s population declined by a record 244,000 people in 2013, according to health ministry estimates.
The ministry said an estimated 1,031,000 babies were born last year – down some 6,000 from the previous year.
Meanwhile, the number of people that died last year was 1,275,000 – a rise of around 19,000 from 2012.
Japan’s population has been shrinking for several years now. If current trends persist it will lose a third of its population in the next 50 years.
A quarter of the population is currently aged over 65 and that figure is expected to reach nearly 40% by 2060.
This is no minor issue, when one considers such factors as maintaining revenue necessary to support the retired, not to mention basic workforce questions.
On a comparative note, these types of issues are why the US could use a far more rational set of immigration policies.