January 1, 2011

CRASHING INTO THEIR OWN DECK:

Japan population shrinks by record in 2010 (AP, 10/01/11)

Japan logged 1.19 million deaths in 2010 — the biggest number since 1947 when the health ministry's annual records began. The number of births was nearly flat at 1.07 million.

As a result, Japan contracted by 123,000 people, which was the most ever and represents the fourth consecutive year of population decline. The top causes of death were cancer, heart disease and stroke, the ministry said.

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Posted by Orrin Judd at January 1, 2011 2:43 PM
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