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POPULATION

Most projections show the world will hit peak humanity in the 21st century as people choose to have smaller families and women gain power over their own reproduction.
COMMENTARY / World
Oct 11, 2023
Don’t worry about global population collapse
While environmentalists have long warned of a planet with too many people, now some economists are warning of a future with too few.
Ayuko Kato, minister in charge of child policies, speaks to reporters in Tokyo on Tuesday.
JAPAN / Politics
Oct 4, 2023
Children's agency chief Ayuko Kato vows to tackle falling birthrate
One of the aims of the agency is to help implement the Children's Future Strategy, a plan that was announced as a way to reverse the declining birthrate.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida speaks at a government panel meeting on measures to tackle Japan's declining birthrate on Monday.
JAPAN / Politics
Oct 3, 2023
Debate begins on funds to tackle Japan's low birthrate
The prime minister has instructed relevant ministers to draw up a road map for securing necessary funds by reducing social security spending.
Women make up 56.6% of Japan's elderly population, numbering 20.5 million compared with men, who stand at 15.7 million.
JAPAN / Society
Sep 18, 2023
People age 80 and over top 10% of Japan's population for first time
Women make up 56.6% of Japan's elderly population, numbering 20.5 million compared with men, who stood at 15.7 million.
Vietnamese staff work at a seafood processing firm in Yamada, Iwate Prefecture.
JAPAN / Society
Sep 17, 2023
86% of municipalities across Japan want more foreign workers, survey says
The poll underscores the serious shortage of workers in farming and other key sectors as the country grapples with a declining population.
Japan's oldest person Fusa Tatsumi (center) is greeted by Osaka Gov. Hirofumi Yoshimura (second from right) in Kashiwara, Osaka Prefecture, in September 2022.
JAPAN
Sep 15, 2023
Number of centenarians in Japan hits record 92,139
The number of those aged 100 or older as of Friday was up 1,613 from a year earlier for the 53th consecutive annual rise.
Kohei Saito, a philosophy professor at the University of Tokyo who appears regularly in Japanese media to discuss his ideas, at home in Tokyo on March 16.
JAPAN / Society
Sep 7, 2023
Can shrinking be good for Japan? A Marxist bestseller makes the case.
Saito has tapped into what he describes as a growing disillusionment in Japan with capitalism’s ability to solve the problems people see around them.
The trend of people getting married later could be causing a vicious cycle of fewer children begetting fewer children, says Takuya Hoshino, senior economist at Dai-ichi Life Research Institute.
JAPAN / Society
Aug 30, 2023
Third of Japan's 18-year-old women may never have children: study
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has promised to tackle the country's population crisis with "unprecedented" measures.
As China slips into deflation, one word is popping up more and more to describe the gloomy atmospherics: "Japanification."
COMMENTARY / Japan
Aug 30, 2023
'Japanification' for China? It should be so lucky.
China is not on the path to global dominance nor set for collapse, and observers should consider the various shades of gray in analyzing these countries.
Women hold portable fans in front of a baby amid summer heat in Tokyo's Ginza area in August 2020.
JAPAN / Science & Health
Aug 30, 2023
Aging Japan's births fall 3.6% to 370,000 in January to June
The number of births in the six-month period suggests that the annual total in the country this year is likely to stay around the record low in 2022.
The population of Japanese nationals fell 801,000 in 2022 from a year earlier to 122,423,038, marking the largest drop since the survey began in 1968, government data showed Wednesday.
JAPAN / Society
Jul 26, 2023
Number of Japanese drops in all 47 prefectures for first time as foreign population surges
As of Jan. 1, Japan's population, including foreign residents, stood at 125,416,877, down around 511,000 from a year earlier.
The population of Japanese nationals fell 801,000 in 2022 from a year earlier to 122,423,038, marking the largest drop since the survey began in 1968, government data showed Wednesday.
JAPAN / Society
Jul 26, 2023
Japanese population falls in all 47 prefectures for first time
As of Jan. 1, 2023, Japan's population, including foreign residents, stood at 125,416,877, down around 511,000 from a year earlier.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / Society
Jul 6, 2023
South Korean doctors flee pediatrics as low birth rate makes funding unviable
Fewer children combined with a failure of the insurance system to adapt to the situation has left the sector starved of resources, with specialists shunning a field they think has no future.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Jul 4, 2023
Number of Japan households with kids falls below 10 million for first time
The numbers provide a fresh reminder of the country's rapidly declining birthrate.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Jun 29, 2023
Too many workers, or too few: India’s colossal employment challenge
In some places, educated young people are desperate for steady employment in the world’s most populous nation. In others, factory owners struggle to retain workers.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jun 25, 2023
Japan's population of superrich to shrink in next five years, report says
As the overall population declines, Japan is the only G7 nation that's projected to see its number of ultrawealthy individuals fall.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Jun 4, 2023
China and India have fewer people than the U.N. thinks
The U.N.'s premature declaration that India has surpassed China as the world’s most populous country highlights the diminishing reliability of its population statistics.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Jun 2, 2023
As Asia strives to spur births, Philippines wants fewer babies
The government of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. has warned that the country can’t achieve broad economic success without addressing demographic challenges.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
May 22, 2023
An economic Hail Mary for China’s new premier, Li
Just as a baker cannot make bread without enough flour, China’s new premier, Li Qiang, cannot deliver growth without enough labor.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies / Regional Voices: Hiroshima
May 22, 2023
Hiroshima firms attract new workers and nurture young talent
Securing human resources is a regional challenge, but some companies have devised clever ways to lure young workers.

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