Japan’s Elderly Population To Reach Record High of 28.6% in 2020

【Japan Himalaya League】 Author: Kevin wang  Translator: Ranting

Japan’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications announced on November 30 that Japan’s total population in 2020 will total 126,146,099 people. Among them, the proportion of senior citizens over 65 years old increased to 28.6%, a record high.

The Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications announced the final figures of the 2020 National Survey on November 30, according to the “Central News Agency”. The figures show that as of October 1 last year, the total population of Japan, including foreigners, was 126,146,099. Of these, 123,390,8962 were Japanese nationals.

The latest released total population number decreased by 948,646 people compared to the 2015 survey data, a decrease of about 0.7%. The total population in Japan has shown negative growth for 2 consecutive population surveys.

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In terms of regional distribution, only eight prefectures, including Saitama, Chiba, Tokyo, Kanagawa, Aichi, Shiga, Fukuoka and Okinawa, have seen their populations increase, while the populations of the other 39 prefectures are decreasing. Of the 1,719 municipalities nationwide, 1,419 are declining in population, or 82.5%.

The announcement by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications also noted that the proportion of people aged 65 and older in the total population increased by 2 percentage points from 2015 to 28.6%, a record high.

According to some scholars, the total percentage of Japan’s population over 65 years old is over 28%, which already ranks the first in the world. The aging demographic structure will bring about a decline in demand, which will cause a decrease in household consumption and business investment, as well as a decline in social innovation.

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