Tokyo. Japan’s total population shrank by 0.43 percent in 2022, i.e. by about 538,000, according to official unofficial statistics.
According to the provisional estimated data released by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, the total population of the country as of January 1, 2023 is 1247 million 70 thousand. This number was 12.53 million 10 thousand a year ago.
In 2021, the population decreased by 0.6 percent and in 2021, this rate was slightly lower.
According to the latest census, there are 36.2 million 10 thousand people aged 65 and above. This is 29 percent of the total population.
Statistics show that the average population of children under the age of 15 has reached 144,450,000. This is 11.6 percent of the total population.
A declining birth rate and an elderly population, a declining labor force, and a heavy financial burden on the medical and social security systems are becoming a challenge for Japan.
It is said that Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida will pledge to secure funding for policies to deal with Japan’s declining birth rate in his speech at the opening of the regular session of parliament next week.
At a press conference at the start of the new year, Kishida promised to focus on policies related to children this year and promised to tackle the low birth rate through “unprecedented” measures.