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The number of newborns fell to a record low 842,897 in 2021, marking six straight years of decline, according to the health ministry’s preliminary figures released Friday.

The figure was down 29,786, or 3.4%, from the previous year, reflecting the continued trend of a shrinking population in Japan.

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