October 19, 2004

TIPPING POINT:

Japan's population shrinks for first time in history (Japan Times, 10/20/04)

Japan's population has grown so little since last year that an exodus of travelers abroad during the holiday season in May triggered the first-ever fall in the country's year-on-year monthly population, according to government data obtained this week.

The final estimated population on May 1 was down 50,000 from a year earlier to 127.56 million, marking the first decrease since the government began compiling monthly population counts in 1950, according to the Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry.

Under the ministry's calculations, travelers who leave Japan for overseas sightseeing trips are also counted as having moved abroad and are thus deducted from the total population.


First of many months of decline.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 19, 2004 9:24 PM
Comments

As Buchanan pointed out in "Death of the West"....

Japan was the first nation to legalize abortion. It would be interesting to track the order in which declines start & compare

Posted by: BB at October 19, 2004 9:47 PM

Pshaw.

Posted by: Michael Herdegen at October 20, 2004 3:48 AM

Japan has zero legal immigration. It is virtually impossible to become a Japanese citizen. They've had roughly zero population growth in about 4 decades.

Posted by: Bart at October 20, 2004 10:38 AM

BB:

Contrary to your point, also the last to legalize the Pill.

Posted by: Jeff Guinn at October 20, 2004 11:45 AM

>First of many months of decline.

Dancing in the street commences immediately in this blog.

Posted by: Ken at October 20, 2004 1:33 PM
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