Japan's Population Projected to Slip Below 100 Million in 2053


Tokyo, April 10 (Jiji Press)—Japan's population is predicted to fall below 100 million in 2053, the welfare ministry's National Institute of Population and Social Security Research said Monday.

In 2065, the final year covered by the latest estimates, the population is expected to slip further to 88.08 million, against 127.09 million in 2015, the institute said.

The share of the elderly, or people aged 65 or older, in the overall population is estimated to rise to 38.4% in 2065 from 26.6% in 2015.

The institute forecast that the nation's total fertility rate, or the average number of children one woman is expected to give birth to in her lifetime, at 1.44 for 2065, higher than 1.35 projected for 2060 in the previous 2012 estimates, reflecting recent rises in the number of women in their thirties or forties who get married or have babies.

Due of the estimated rise in the birthrate, Japan's population would slip below the 100-million threshold five years later than what was projected in the previous estimates.

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