Japan’s inhabitants, together with international nationals, fell by 868,177 over the previous 5 years, outcomes of the nationwide census survey carried out final yr confirmed.
The inhabitants as of Oct. 1 stood at 126,226,568, the interior affairs ministry stated in a preliminary report Friday.
The determine has continued to slip because the 2015 survey, which confirmed the nation’s first inhabitants lower because the census started in 1920.
But the speed of decline was smaller, at 0.7%, than the drop of 0.8% 5 years in the past, reflecting a rise within the variety of international nationals and the non permanent return of many Japanese residents from overseas because of the pandemic.
The inhabitants sank in 38 prefectures and rose in 9 prefectures.
Tokyo and the neighboring prefectures of Saitama, Chiba and Kanagawa accounted for about 30% of the nation’s inhabitants, highlighting the rising focus of individuals within the Tokyo metropolitan space. The space’s mixed inhabitants elevated by some 800,000 folks to about 36.93 million.
The variety of males stood at 61,360,014, whereas the variety of ladies got here to 64,866,554.
According to United Nations statistics, Japan grew to become the eleventh most populous nation on the earth, ceding final yr’s tenth place to Mexico.
– Japan Times