Japan's Population Down for 8th Straight Year
Tokyo, April 12 (Jiji Press)--Japan's estimated population including foreigners totaled 126,443,000 as of Oct. 1 last year, down 263,000, or 0.21 pct, from a year before, falling for the eighth straight year, the internal affairs ministry said Friday.
The decline was the largest ever, both in number and percentage.
The number of people aged 15 to 64, or the working age population, fell by 512,000 to 75,451,000, accounting for 59.7 pct of the overall population, the lowest level since comparable data became available in 1950, highlighting labor shortages in Japan.
The share of the working age population has been on the decline since hitting a peak of 69.8 pct in 1992. The percentage in 1950 was also 59.7 pct.
The population of Japanese people came to 124,218,000, down 430,000, or 0.35 pct. The number of foreigners increased by 167,000, or 8.1 pct, to 2,225,000, rising for the sixth straight year. The share of foreigners in the overall population has been on the rise.
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