38th consecutive fall: the Japanese child population is low
TOKYO: Japan Child population has declined for the 38th year in a row and is now at a record low, the government said. The number of Child ren younger than 15 stood at 15.22 million on April 1, down 180,000, or 1.2%, from last year, the Statistics Bureau said.
It is the lowest number since comparable data became available in 1950. Japan’s birthrate has remained low amid a lack of support for working women, who continue to face the burden of homemaking and other traditional roles, as well as excessively long working hours and high education costs. With Child ren making up just 12.1% of its population, ranks lowest among countries with a population exceeding 40 million, followed by at 12.9% and and Germany at 13.4%.
As of 2017, Japanese women on average gave birth to 1.43 Child ren during their lifetimes. According to latest statistics, the number of births in 2018 fell to 921,000, the lowest since Japan began recording such statistics in 1899.