Japan’s births set to fall below 800K in 2022

The number of babies born in Japan is set to drop to a record low of below 800,000 in 2022, the Health, Labour and Welfare Ministry said.

According to the Ministry’s preliminary data released on Tuesday, births in Japan from January to October fell 4.8 per cent from a year earlier to 669,871, and the annual total of newborns in the country is on pace to reach 770,000, compared to last year’s 811,604.

The number marks a record low for seven straight years, falling below 800,000 for the first time since the Japanese government started compiling statistics on births in 1899, Xinhua news agency reported.

The birthrate is falling faster than the government anticipated. Japan’s National Institute of Population and Social Security Research predicted in 2017 that total births would be around 850,000 in 2022 and drop below 800,000 in 2030, Kyodo News reported on Tuesday.

Declining birthrates in Japan’s rapidly aging society pose a threat to future funding of the government’s soaring social security programmes, such as pensions and medical care for the elderly, the report said.

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