Children play in the water to cool off at a park in Yokohama, near Tokyo, Aug 18, 2020. The number of babies born in Japan in 2022 is below last year's record low in what the the top government spokesman described as a “critical situation.” (PHOTO / AP)
TOKYO – Japan's estimated population of children fell to a new record low of 14.35 million, down for the 42nd consecutive year, latest government data showed.
Data from the internal affairs ministry showed the ratio of children to Japan's total population stood at the lowest figure since the start of comparable data in 1950
The number of children aged 14 or younger, including foreigners, came to 14.35 million as of April 1, down by around 300,000 from a year earlier, data from the internal affairs ministry showed on Thursday.
The ratio of children to Japan's total population stood at 11.5 percent, down by 0.2 percentage point, also the lowest figure since the start of comparable data in 1950, according to the ministry.
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By gender, boys accounted for 7.35 million of the total child population, while girls make up the other 7 million, the data showed.
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The government data also revealed that after peaking in 1954 at 29.89 million and experiencing a second baby boom in the early 1970s, Japan's child population has continued to fall since 1982.