Japan’s population to shrink about 30 percent by 2060January 30th, 2012 - 6:40 pm ICT by IANS
Tokyo, Jan 30 (IANS) Japan’s population is expected to dwindle by around 30 percent to 86.74 million by 2060 if the birthrate does not increase, according to an estimate released Monday by authorities.
Japan is one of the world’s most rapidly ageing countries and has one of the lowest birthrates, said Xinhua.
The estimate also projected that people aged 65 or older will account for 39.9 percent of total population in 2060, rising from 23.0 percent in 2010, said the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare.
An institute, which provides the 50-year demographic forecast approximately every five years, said the pace of population decline has slightly slowed since the previous estimate in 2006.
The total fertility rate, the expected number of children born per woman during her child-bearing years, stood at 1.39 in 2010 and will keep falling until it bottoms at 1.33 in 2024, it said.
Japan needs at least a 2.07 average to keep the population at the current level, according to the institution.
Average life expectancy will continue to go upward in Japan, as the institution projects an increase from 86.39 years in 2012 to 90.93 years in 2060 for women and from 79.64 years to 84.19 years for men during the same period.
- China vows to maintain low birth rate - Apr 11, 2012
- Serbian grooms 'import' Albanian brides - May 11, 2011
- China's 'empty-nest families' on rise - Jul 28, 2012
- Britain has over 12,000 centenarians - Sep 30, 2011
- More than 230,000 centenarians missing in Japan - Sep 11, 2010
- Many slum, civic body-run school kids have worms: Study - Sep 04, 2011
- US stocks rally on housing data - Apr 27, 2012
- In Britain, half of women turn mums in their 30s - Oct 21, 2011
- White kids now a 'minority' in two UK cities due to unbridled Asian, African immigration - Jan 25, 2011
- How we survived the 'population bomb' - Apr 02, 2011
- 6.7 percent ethnic Indians in Malaysia - Dec 23, 2011
- Walkathon marks World Health Day - Apr 07, 2012
- Breast cancer cases in India to double by 2015: Experts - Oct 19, 2011
- India must look outward to reap demographic dividend (Comment) - Feb 07, 2011
- High intakes of folic acid may be linked to cancer - Dec 14, 2010
Tags: 19 years, authorities, average life expectancy, bearing, birthrate, birthrates, bottoms, fertility rate, japan, ministry of health, ministry of health labor and welfare, pace, population decline, tokyo, total population, xinhua