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Thursday, January 2, 2014

Japan's population falls 'by record 244,000' in 2013

1 January 2014 File photos of shoppers in Yokohama, near Tokyo

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. (...)

Continue reading: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-25566868

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