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Japan’s Population Declines for the First Time

On Oct. 26, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications announced the results of the national census. The census revealed that Japan’s population (including foreigners) declined for the first time since the census began in 1920. Over the last five years, the total population declined by 0.8% to 127,094,745. The population increased in the Tokyo area (incl. Tokyo, Saitama, Chiba, Kanagawa) and four other prefectures: Aichi, Shiga, Fukuoka and Okinawa. The Tokyo area (including three surrounding prefectures) contained 28.4% of the national population. Okinawa had the highest increase in population at 2.9%. Source: JiJi Press

Published: Nov 4, 2016 / Last Updated: Nov 7, 2016