Census first to confirm shrinking of population

Feb 26, 2016

Census first to confirm shrinking of population

A census has confirmed the hard reality long ago signaled by shuttered shops and abandoned villages across the country: The population is shrinking. The population stood at 127.1 million last fall, down 0.7 percent from 128.1 million in 2010, according to results of the ...

Aug 28, 2015

Number of newborns in Japan rises in first half of 2015

The number of babies born in Japan in the January-to-June period rose 2.4 percent from a year earlier to 508,802, government data shows, suggesting it would lead to the first annual increase in five years. The country’s population has been declining as the proportion ...

As Tokyo shrinks, Olympics may be last blast

Jul 8, 2015

As Tokyo shrinks, Olympics may be last blast

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Half a century ago, the Tokyo Olympics ushered in a golden age for Japan’s capital, as industrial prowess made it the largest urban complex in history. Now the games are returning to mark the end of that growth. “This will be the final festival,” ...