• Kyodo


Japan’s total fertility rate in 2012 hit a 16-year high of 1.41, while the number of births fell to a new low of 1,037,101, the government said Wednesday.

The TFR, or the average number of children born to a woman during her lifetime, rose by 0.02 point from the previous year, sustaining an uptrend since a record low of 1.26 logged in 2005. The last time the rate was at 1.40 was in 1996.

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