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Historical decline in fertility rate in Japan, the government’s problems increased due to decreasing population

Tokyo: Japan’s fertility rate will drop to a record low of 1.26 in 2022. It declined for the seventh consecutive year. Last year, the average number of live births per woman was 1.26, down 0.05 from the 2021 figure, according to data released by the health ministry on Friday. Tokyo had the lowest fertility rate at 1.04, followed by Miyagi at 1.09 and Hokkaido at 1.12, while Okinawa had the highest fertility rate at 1.70, followed by Miyazaki at 1.63 and Tottori at 1.6, Xinhua news agency reported.

elderly population concern
The number of babies born in 2022 is also down 40,875 from a year ago to 770,747. For the first time the number fell below 8 lakh. The latest figures come a day after Prime Minister Fumio Kishida called for steps to stem the country’s falling birthrate. Japan’s birth rate will fall for the seventh year in a row to a record low of 1.26 in 2022. The data released by the Ministry of Health has increased the concern of the government. The growing number of elderly people and declining birth rates have always been a matter of great concern in Japan.

Decreasing population for 16 years

According to annual population data, the average number of children a woman will give birth to in her lifetime is set to drop from 1.30 in 2021 to 1.26 in 2022, a record low since 2005. The fertility rate is well below the rate of 2.06-2.07 that is considered necessary to maintain population parity. With a population of over 125 million, Japan’s population has been declining for 16 years and is projected to drop to 87 million by 2070. Declining birth rates and an aging population have huge implications for the economy and national security as Japan seeks to strengthen its military to counter China’s rapidly expanding territorial ambitions.

acute shortage of troops
The health ministry said the number of newborns in Japan also dropped five percent last year to 77,747. At the same time, with an increase of nine percent in the death rate, more than 1.5 million people died in the country. Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said during a meeting of a special committee set up to suggest measures for population growth, “We have one last chance to improve the declining birth rate before the year 2030 is expected to see a huge decline in the youth population. ”

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