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Japanese inhabitants falls in all 47 prefectures for 1st time

TOKYO, July 26 (Xinhua) — The inhabitants of Japanese nationals totaled 122,423,038 throughout the nation in 2022, down by 801,000, marking the largest drop and the primary time all 47 of the nation’s prefectures have seen a decline, authorities information confirmed Wednesday.

As of January 1, 2023, Japan’s inhabitants, together with overseas residents, fell round 511,000 from a yr earlier to 125,416,877, in keeping with a demographics survey by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications.

The inhabitants of Japanese nationals declined for a 14th straight yr in 2022, with a file low of 772,000 births in Japan considerably exceeded by a file excessive of 1.57 million deaths, the survey confirmed.

Meanwhile, the variety of overseas residents rose for the primary time in three years by 289,498 to 2,993,839 within the reporting yr, because the substantial easing of entry restrictions associated to the COVID-19 pandemic facilitated the return of worldwide college students and technical interns.

By prefecture, solely Tokyo registered an general inhabitants improve because of the excessive inflow of foreigners to the capital, whereas Akita Prefecture in northeastern Japan logged the most important inhabitants lower at 1.65 p.c.