1 January 2014
Japan's population declined by a record 244,000 people in 2013,
according to health ministry estimates.
The ministry said an estimated 1,031,000 babies were born last
year - down some 6,000 from the previous year.
Meanwhile, the number of people that died last year was 1,275,000
- a rise of around 19,000 from 2012.
Japan's population has been shrinking for several years now. If
current trends persist it will lose a third of its population in
the next 50 years. (...)
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