June 6, 2014
Japan's Population Problem in Five Charts (YOKO SUDO, 6/06/14, WSJ)
Posted by Orrin Judd at June 6, 2014 7:38 PMAn annual demographics report out this week from the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare gives a good picture of Japan's population problem. Here are the highlights in five charts:Japan had 238,632 more deaths than births in 2013, a record.Taking immigration into account, the total population in 2013 declined by 217,000 people compared to the previous year. Assuming the average woman has 1.35 children--a bit below the current level--Japan's population is predicted to shrink to 99.1 million in 2048 and 86.7 million in 2060, according to a report by the National Institute of Population and Social Security Research. That's down from 127 million currently.