How fast is Japan's population falling

There are fewer and fewer children in Japan

More than a quarter of the population is over 65 years of age. Every year there are fewer residents in Japan. The number could even drop below 100 million by 2053.

Japan's population is aging on average. The number of children under the age of 14 fell by 200,000 year-on-year as of April 1 to a record low of 15.1 million, according to Interior Ministry data released on Monday.

This means that the number of children in the world's third largest economy has been falling for 39 years in a row. The proportion of children in the total population is only twelve percent. More than a quarter of the population (28.6 percent) is now over 65 years of age.

Under 100 million in the next 30 years?

In view of the low birth rates and increasing aging, the number of inhabitants of the Far Eastern island empire could fall from currently around 127 million, according to official estimates, to less than 100 million people in 2053. The background to this is, among other things, a trend among young Japanese men and women to marry later and later and to postpone the birth of their first child. In some sectors of the Japanese economy there is already an acute shortage of labor, also due to relatively low immigration.

It is true that the government of the right-wing conservative Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has made it a mission to oppose the population decline. The birth rate is to be increased from 1.4 children per woman in 2018 to 1.8 by 2026. The role of women in Japan's male-dominated society and economy is to be strengthened and the number of kindergartens, for example, increased. But the situation has not changed much so far. For comparison - in Austria the birth rate was only slightly higher, at 1.53 children per woman.

(APA / dpa)