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 ...

Japan's 2020 problem: life after the Olympics

Feb 10, 2016

Japan's 2020 problem: life after the Olympics

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Japan is gearing up for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics with gusto, investing in everything from stadiums to electric cars, and expecting an economic bonanza from a construction frenzy and an influx of visitors. On the face of it, hosting the Olympics is a big ...

Mexico City gets new status as near-state

Jan 30, 2016

Mexico City gets new status as near-state

Mexico City is getting a little closer to statehood. The Federal District has long been considered an administrative district run by the central government, much like Washington, D.C., traditionally was in the United States. But the city of 8.85 million is getting more independence ...

Population in Tokyo area increases further

Jan 30, 2016

Population in Tokyo area increases further

The population in Tokyo and surrounding areas increased further in 2015, government data show. The number of people who moved into the capital and three neighboring prefectures — Saitama, Chiba and Kanagawa — last year exceeded that of people who left by 119,357, according ...