By John Vibes | January 2, 2013 | 3:00am EST

Low birth rates, high death rates and a mass exodus could reduce Japan’s population by 1/3rd 

TokyoJAPAN (INTELLIHUB) — In recent years since the Fukushima disaster, the population of Japan has been declining rapidly.  

The BBC reported that an estimated 1,031,000 babies were born last year – down some 6,000 from the previous year.

Meanwhile, the number of people that died last year was 1,275,000 – a rise of around 19,000 from 2012.  A large number of people have also been moving away from the country after the Fukushima disaster, making the decline happen even quicker.

 If current trends persist it will lose a third of its population in the next 50 years, according to the BBC.  A quarter of the population is currently aged over 65 and that figure is expected to reach nearly 40% by 2060.  The government says the population totalled 126,393,679 as of 31 March – down 0.2% from a year earlier.[1]

According to Asahi Shimbun, over the past decade, production of adult diapers, essential for caring for the elderly, has doubled in Japan.

Unicharm Corp., a major diaper company, saw sales of adult diapers outpace infant diapers in the last fiscal year ending March 31.  At an outlet of Tomod’s drugstore in Kawasaki, infant and adult diapers take up roughly the same amount of shelf space.[2]

 

Sources:

[1] Japan’s population falls ‘by record 244,000’ in 2013 – BBC

[2] Aging population pushes up sales of adult diapers – AJW

 

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