Japan's Population Drops 0.7 Pct: 2020 Census


Tokyo, Nov. 30 (Jiji Press)--Japan's population, including foreigners, stood at 126,146,099 as of October 2020, down by 948,646, or 0.7 pct, from five years before, revised national census results showed Tuesday.

The total population, which logged the first-ever decrease in 2015 since the 1920 start of the country's census survey, fell for the second time.

According to the revised October 2020 census data, released by the internal affairs ministry, the population of Japanese nationals dropped by 1,783,253, or 1.4 pct, to 123,398,962, while that of non-Japanese people living in the country grew by 834,607, or 43.6 pct, to a record 2,747,137.

By nationality, Chinese accounted for 27.8 pct of all resident foreigners, followed by 15.6 pct for South and North Koreans, and 13.4 pct for Vietnamese. The number of Vietnamese grew by some 234,000 to 320,805, marking the largest increase.

The male population stood at 61,349,581, and the female population came to 64,796,518. The proportion of people aged 65 or over in the total population rose from 26.6 pct to 28.6 pct.

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