40% of Depopulated Municipalities Deemed Sustainable: Report (News)


Tokyo, Aug. 21 (Jiji Press)—More than 40% of depopulated municipalities in Japan are considered sustainable over the three decades to 2045, thanks to migration and settling promotion measures, a private think tank said Monday.

A total of 328 municipalities will be able to maintain at least 90% of their population levels as of 2015 and achieve drops in the shares of elderly people in their total populations over the period to 2045, the Research Institute for Sustainable Communities said in a report.

They account for 41.2% of the total municipalities designated as depopulated by the central government in April last year.

Meanwhile, 46.5%, or 371 municipalities, will see their populations more than halve over the three decades, according to the report.

The estimates were based on national census data taken in 2010 and 2015.

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