Japan’s under-15 population drops to record low

Japan’s child population plunges to a new lowAccording to data released today by the government, demographic aging It looks bleak for Japan and its public pension system. As of April 1, when the new fiscal year began, the number of children under the age of 15 residing in Japan was 14.65 million, 250,000 less than a year and the lowest since this data began recording in 1950According to a report published by the Ministry of Internal Affairs on the eve of Children’s Day. At that time, the number of boys was 7.51 million and the number of girls was 7.15 million. The proportion of children in the total population also fell to an all-time low of 11.7%, a tenth lower than the previous year and the forty-first consecutive decline.

According to United Nations statistics, lagging behind Italy’s 12.9% and South Korea’s 11.9%, Japan has the lowest rate of this minor among 35 countries in the world, with a population of over 40 million. By age groups, the number of children aged 12 to 14 is 3.23 million, while there are 2.51 million children up to the age of 2. decreasing propensity to birth.

As of October 1, 2021, all 47 prefectures in Japan experienced a year-on-year decline in their child population for the first time since 1999. The state of Okinawa, in the southwest of the archipelago, has the highest proportion of these. minors with 16.5%; Akita in the north has the lowest 9.5 percent.

Japan’s child population reached 29.89 million in 1954. This number rose briefly in the early 1970s, but has been falling steadily since 1982.

Source: Informacion

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