Japan’s population shrank by a record margin in 2010 as the nation rapidly ages, according to an annual estimate released by the welfare ministry Saturday.
The number of Japanese people fell by 123,000, the biggest drop since records began in 1947, the ministry said, an illustration of the demographic crisis the country faces as a smaller working population has to support a mass of pensioners.
It is the fourth consecutive year that Japan’s population has declined. The fall was far larger than the 72,000 registered in 2009, the previous record.
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