Japanese Births to Fall Short of 1 Million for Second Year in Row


Tokyo, Dec. 22 (Jiji Press)—The number of Japanese babies born in the country in 2017 is projected to total 941,000, falling short of 1 million for the second straight year and a record low since such statistics began in 1899, a government estimate showed Friday.

The number of deaths in the year is estimated at 1,344,000, the highest in the post–World War II period, according to the estimate by the Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare.

As a result, Japan's natural population decline in the year is forecast to reach 403,000, continuing to expand on an annual basis.

The number of births in 2017 is expected to drop by some 36,000 from 976,978 in 2016, when the number slipped below 1 million for the first time on record.

The decline chiefly reflects a fall in the number of women of childbearing age.

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