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Japan’s fertility charge down for five straight years


Japan’s authorities statistics present that each the fertility charge and the variety of births continued to drop in 2020 for a fifth consecutive 12 months.

The well being ministry says the speed was 1.34 final 12 months, down 0.02 factors from a 12 months earlier. The index represents the common variety of kids per girl.

The variety of infants born final 12 months was 840,832, down 24,407 from the earlier 12 months. That is a file low since statistics started in 1899.

Ministry officers say the impression of the coronavirus pandemic has probably not been absolutely mirrored but, contemplating the time lag between conception and start.

They famous, nonetheless, that the decline within the variety of births has worsened since final December.