Japan population shrinks by one million

Japan Census

New census figures in Japan show the population has shrunk by nearly one million in the past five years, in the first decline registered since 1920.As of October last year the country has 127.1 million people, 0.7% fewer than in the last census. Demographers have long predicted a drop, citing Japan’s falling birth rate and a lack of immigration. The rapidly ageing population has contributed to a stagnating economy and worries of increasing health costs. Japan now has 947,000 fewer people than when the last census was conducted in 2010.