2 Jul, 2015
Kyodo Jul 1, 2015 – Japan’s population excluding resident foreigners totaled 126,163,576 as of Jan. 1, down 271,058 from a year earlier, the biggest decline since the current population survey started in 1968, the government said Wednesday. That was the sixth straight annual decline, with the data showing the drop is accelerating as the number of women of childbearing age shrinks. Daughters of baby boomers have turned 40 or older. The number of births during the year to Jan. 1 declined to 1,003,554, the lowest since 1979, while the number of deaths rose to a yearly record high of 1,270,311, according to resident registry data compiled by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications.