In the past 5 years, Japan’s population has dropped by nearly one million people, according to government data, fueling concerns about a coming demographic crisis.
The decline of 0.7% to 127.1 million had been predicted by the government, but thenew statistics confirm the trend. UN estimates put Japan’s population at 83 million by 2100, with more than 1/3 of Japanese older than 65.
Lawmaker Katsunobu Kato has been appointed the “minister for 100 million active people.” His goal is to raise Japan’s birthrate at 1.8, up from 1.41 in 2012. Experts say the government initiative isn’t likely to be successful and still falls far short of the replacement rate of 2.1 births per woman.