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Japan's Population in Record Decline: Startling Projections

•, by Mish

Japan is set to lose a midsize city, approximately the size of Austin Texas, every year according to a Financial Times report and stats from the IMF.

"The reason Japan's population is now falling so fast is not the low birth rate but rather an increase in the number of deaths," said Akihiko Matsutani, professor emeritus in applied economics at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies.

The population decline is despite record immigration.

Interesting Stats

There were 944,146 births in the year to October 2018 compared with 1,368,632 deaths.

Long-term projections suggest Japan's population will fall to just 50 million in a hundred years. That's the same population as a hundred years ago.