Japan annual birth rate nearly half a million below death rate
Japan suffered its biggest population decline since records began in 1899.
Resulting in the biggest ever natural decline of Japan’s population by 448,000.
Current birth rate stands at 1.43, well below the 2.07 required to keep the population stable.
Japanese life expectancy is 87.2 years for women and 81.0 years for men.
Growing population of older people is expected to strain health and welfare services.
Just over 20% of the total population are aged 70 and over.
Japan has the highest proportion of older people in the world.