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May 04, 2010

The number of children in Japan continues to decline.

arrow.jpeg The government has released figures showing that on April 1st 2010 the number of children under 15 declined by 190,000 compared to the previous year. 13.3% of the population was under 15 compared to 14.2% four years ago. This means the pressure on schools and universities will get worse over the next few years and is likely to lead to the closure of more schools.

The Japan Times reports: 'There were 8.68 million boys aged 14 or younger, compared with 8.26 million girls .... By area, Okinawa Prefecture had the greatest share of children at 17.7 percent, while Akita Prefecture had the lowest share at 11.2 percent. Tokyo was the only prefecture that saw its percentage rise from a year earlier.'Meanwhile, the aging of the population has advanced, with the average age for both men and women increasing by approximately 20 years since 1950.

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