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Japan’s Elderly Population Accounts for Record 27.7% (News)

Tokyo, Sept. 17 (Jiji Press)—The estimated number of people aged 65 or older in Japan stood at 35.14 million as of Friday, accounting for 27.7% of the nation's total population, with both figures hitting record highs, an internal affairs ministry survey showed Sunday. The elderly population increased 570,000 from a year earlier and its share rose 0.5 percentage point, with the total national po…

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…

Japan’s Coming Population ImplosionTani Sadafumi

Japan is entering uncharted demographic territory as its rapidly aging society embarks on a phase of negative population growth. Can the trend be reversed? How can Japan maintain economic growth amid a shrinking labor force and soaring social security costs? Tani Sadafumi reports on Japan’s demographic dilemma.

A Market-Driven Model of Regional RevitalizationKinoshita Hitoshi

How can Japan revive its struggling local economies in the face of depopulation and severed budget constraints? Speaking from long personal and professional experience, Kinoshita Hitoshi calls for a shift from subsidy-dependent community development to a sustainable model driven by private enterprise.

Japan 2016 Birthrate Falls to 1.44; Newborns Fall below 1 Million (News)

Tokyo, June 2 (Jiji Press)—The total fertility rate in Japan in 2016 fell 0.01 point from the previous year to 1.44, while the number of babies born last year slipped below 1 million for the first time, the Health, Labor, and Welfare Ministry said in an annual demographic survey on Friday. The rate represents the average number of children a woman is expected to give birth in her lifetime, cove…

Japan’s Population Projected to Slip Below 100 Million in 2053 (News)

Tokyo, April 10 (Jiji Press)—Japan's population is predicted to fall below 100 million in 2053, the welfare ministry's National Institute of Population and Social Security Research said Monday. In 2065, the final year covered by the latest estimates, the population is expected to slip further to 88.08 million, against 127.09 million in 2015, the institute said. The share of the elderly, or p…

Japan’s Birthrate Drops Below 1 Million

The Japanese population shrank again in 2016, as the number of births fell below one million for the first time since statistics were first compiled. This article examines the year's demographic data from the Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare.

Timeline for July 2016

The House of Councillors election is held, Emperor Akihito reportedly expresses a wish to abdicate, and cultural phenomenon Pokémon Go is launched in Japan. These are the leading news stories of July 2016.

Centenarians in Japan: 50,000-Plus and Growing

Sales of adult diapers in Japan outsold those for infants in 2014, speaking volumes about the country’s plummeting birthrate and the rapid aging of society. A shrinking population and rising social security costs are also weighing heavily on the nation’s finances. These demographic challenges are beginning to encroach on emerging economies as well. What lessons will they learn from Japan’s experience?

Two-Tiered Employment System Hinders Effective Use of Over-60sImano Kōichirō

As Japan’s population shrinks, the country needs to make maximum use of its potential labor force, including those aged 60 and over. But the present system of rehiring older employees on short-term fixed contracts brings with it numerous problems.

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