Japan's Child Population Declines for 41 Years in Row


Tokyo, May 4 (Jiji Press)--Japan's estimated population of children under 15 years old as of April 1 fell by 250,000 from a year earlier to 14.65 million, marking the 41st consecutive year of decline, the internal affairs ministry said Wednesday before Thursday's Children's Day in the country.

The latest figure, the lowest since comparable data began in 1950, is a fresh reminder of Japan's sluggish birthrate.

The proportion of children aged below 15 to the country's total population dropped to 11.7 pct, down for the 48th consecutive year.

Japan has the lowest such proportion among 35 countries with population of 40 million or more, according to the 2020 U.N. Demographic Yearbook and other sources.

Of the estimated child population in Japan, 7.51 million were boys, and 7.15 million were girls, the ministry data showed.

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