Recently, the Japanese authorities released the latest report on population statistics, which showed that as of October 1, 2021, the total population was 125,502,000, a decrease of 644,000 compared with the same period in 2020. This is also the 11th consecutive year of Japan’s population decline. . This data reflects a number of social phenomena, including the implementation of the country’s lock-down policy to fight the epidemic, which has led to a decrease in the foreign population and the aging of Japan’s population.
The number of Japanese nationals is 122,780,000, which is also 618,000 less than in the same period. Although Japan will have 831,000 births in 2021, the death toll is 1.44 million. The current labor force population aged 15 to 64 is 74,504,000, accounting for 59.4% of the total population, and the population aged 14 and below accounts for 11.8% of the total population, both of which are record lows, while the population aged 65 and above accounts for 28.9% of the total population an all-time high.
It is also worth noting that after this data was released, Elon Musk retweeted the relevant report on Twitter, and responded that “unless something changes, so that the birth rate exceeds the death rate, Japan will eventually cease to exist, which is very bad for the world. It would be a huge loss.” Of course, the possibility of Japan’s demise is extremely low in the foreseeable future, but aging is indeed a major problem that the Japanese government needs to solve.
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