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January 02, 2013
Japan's population logs record drop
Tokyo (AFP) Jan 1, 2013
Japan's population logged a record drop in 2012, health ministry estimates showed Tuesday, highlighting concerns that an ever-dwindling pool of workers is having to pay for a growing number of pensioners. A record low 1,033,000 babies were born last year, against 1,245,000 deaths, resulting in a net drop of 212,000 in the nation's population of about 126 million, according to figures from the ministry. The decline is sharper than in 2011 when the annual decline topped 200,000 for the first time ... read more
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