July 31, 2008

Japan’s Population Logs 1st Rise in 3 Yrs in FY ’07

Tokyo, July 31 (Jiji Press)--Japan's population in fiscal 2007 increased for the first time in three years, the Internal Affairs Ministry said Thursday.

The population stood at 127,066,178 as of March 31, up 12,707 from a year before, according to the report, which is based on a survey of the resident register.

The male population stood at 62,117,295, and the female population at 64,948,883.

Reflecting an acceleration of population concentration in Tokyo, the number of residents in the capital city increased a net 100,460 to 12,462,196. Tokyo's population grew more than 100,000 for the first time since 1968, when the survey started.

The number of newborns in Japan came to 1,096,465, up 4,548, marking the second consecutive year of increase. The number of deaths hit a record high of 1,125,584, up 44,410. As a result, Japan's population declined by 29,119 by natural attrition.

Even though the overall population grew due to an inflow of Japanese people returning from abroad, the ministry believes that the population downtrend will continue.

The report also showed Japan is continuously graying.

The number of children younger than 15 years old dropped 0.08 percentage point to account for 13.62 pct of the total population while that of elderly citizens aged 65 or higher rose 0.57 point to 21.57 pct.END

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