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Japanese Population Falls by 212,000 in 2012

Japan’s econ­omy has been trapped in malaise for over a decade now, much of it as it has been a sce­nario not all that dif­fer­ent from our own (failed Key­ne­sian stim­u­lus, more new road and infra­struc­ture spend­ing, a bonafide liq­uid­ity trap) and one area which has suf­fered is the num­ber of young peo­ple hav­ing chil­dren to replace those dying off.

Japan is old coun­try — not just in cul­ture — its median age has been increas­ing steadily with no one in the work force there to replace those who retire and die off.  It’s depress­ing to watch, it’s fas­ci­nat­ing to study if you’re an anthro­pol­o­gist, and it is a scary por­tent of things to come demo­graph­i­cally for America.

In fact, we’re kind of already there, but our nation’s pop­u­la­tion num­bers have been puffed up by immi­gra­tion (ille­gal and legal) for the past few decades.

Japan’s pop­u­la­tion last year declined by 212,000, the biggest drop on record, accord­ing to an esti­mate by the nation’s health ministry.

That’s the largest reduc­tion since the min­istry started record­ing the data in 1947 and a sixth straight year of declines. The num­ber of births fell by 18,000 to a record low of 1.03 mil­lion last year, the min­istry said.

Baby booms and the econ­omy of the 1950s which war­ranted them are both long gone.  In fact, it might have been an anom­aly to begin with, since only Amer­ica was unscathed after World War II and had the means to come out of it stronger than when it went in.

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  • dad29

    In fact, the “lost decade” in Japan was almost entirely due to the demo­graph­ics (and xenophobia–Japan allows ZERO immigration.)

    The older folks aren’t spend­ing b/c they have to live in retire­ment. The younger ones aren’t spend­ing b/c they have no chil­dren to speak of.

    Con­tra your implied the­sis, by the way, pop­u­la­tion growth assures eco­nomic growth (given adher­ence to the Judaeo-Christian moral heritage.)