Japan's population will shrink by a staggering 30% by 2060, according to a new estimate by the country's government.
The current population will shrink from the current level of 128 million to 86.74 million, as the graying nation's aging accelerates and the birthrate continues to stay low.
The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare's research organization released the data on Monday. The group, called the National Institute of Population and Social Security Research, provides a 50-year demographic forecast every five years.
The institute also projects that people age 65 and older will account for 39.9% of the total population in 2060. In 2010, the elderly accounted for 23% of the population.
The country's average life expectancy dipped in 2011 after the March earthquake and tsunami, which killed approximately 19,000 people.FULL STORY
Interesting but I had no idea that Japan had a population that large!
Sad news for a country that has enough problems already. Prayers to them in hopes of a miracle to solve their crisis.
You can now blame part of it to the Fukishima nuclear disaster fall out now.
If only the rest rest of the world would follow suit. Then humanity might have a chance of surviving, along with our biodiversity.
This isn't unexpected, given what Japan has gone through since the earthquake/tsunami last year.
That, coupled with lowering birth rates, can go a long way in helping Japan's overpopulation...they are a really crowded little country.
Perhaps nature can start to renew itself...aside from the radiation factor, of course....
I hate when I mess up the coding....
@Matt Thompson, I'm gonna pull a "banasy" & say WORD!! PS. Hey banasy! ðŸ™‚
The vast majority of industrialized countries have birth rates <2 per woman. It's only a matter of time before the world's population begins to contract. Assuming, of course, that the whole world becomes fully industrialized. Big assumption, I know.
SARCASM FONT> They are not listening to the Word of God. Be fruitful and multiply. <SARCASM FONT
Maybe people will finally now see that greedy corporatism and bureaucratic governance do NOT hold the answers to a nation's prosperity. In fact, they may very well lead a country to the brink of extinction...