Japan: Japan records largest-ever population decline in 2021, record low births

TOKYO: Japan registered a record number of births in 2021, leading to its largest natural population decline ever, government data showed on Friday.
Last year, there were 811,604 births, the fewest in Department of Health data going back to 1899. The number of deaths rose to 1,439,809, leading to a total population decline of 628,205.
The total fertility rate – the average number of children born to a woman during her lifetime – has fallen to 1.3 for the sixth year in a row.
Japan has one of the fastest aging populations in the world, and the country’s closed borders in the course of the Covid-19 pandemic have accelerated its workforce reduction.

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