Japan’s population projected to plunge to 88 million by 2065

The announcement by the National Institute of Population and Social Security Research confirms that depopulation, which started in 2008 after Japan’s population peaked at 128.08 million, is here to stay. It urged the country to prepare for consequences in wide-ranging areas, including the pension and health care systems.

The estimated population decline, which includes non-Japanese residents, is smaller than a similar study released in 2012, in which the population was predicted to plummet to 86.74 million by 2060. The difference stems from recent subtle increases in the average number of childbirths among women in their 30s and 40s, the institute said.

It also said the population is likely to fall below the 100 million mark in 2053, five years later than in a previous projection in 2015. Still, the report casts doubt on the chances of the government achieving its goal of maintaining a population of 100 million into the 2060s.

The average life expectancy is estimated to increase to 84.95 years for men and 91.35 years for women in 2065, from 80.75 years for men and 86.98 years for women in 2015.

People 65 or older, meanwhile, will account for 38.4 percent of the total population in 2065, the latest report estimated.

The population of Japan is expected to plunge to 88.08 million in 2065, roughly 30 percent of the 2015 level, a government-affiliated research institute said Monday. (Japan Times)

Nijo Castle’s main gate is looking back to its majestic best after the completion of extensive repair to the entrance of the UNESCO World Heritage site in this ancient capital. (Asahi)

Part of a scenic mountain route through central Japan’s Northern Alps has reopened after being closed for the winter. (NHK)

Japan’s current account surplus in February rose 18.2 pct from a year before to 2,813.6 billion yen, the Ministry of Finance said Monday. (Jiji)

Officials at the International Monetary Fund are compiling their growth forecasts ahead of the G20 summit on April 20th. (NHK)

Kanagawa Prefectural Police have arrested a female school teacher for allegedly assaulting a security guard after being accused of shoplifting in Odawara City, reports Sankei Shimbun. (tokyoreporter.com)

A woman’s body was found under the kitchen floor of a house in Tokyo’s Suginami Ward on Sunday and police are treating the case as a homicide. (Japan Times)

A male officer with the Osaka Prefectural Police was arrested on Sunday for allegedly assaulting a male employee of West Japan Railway after becoming enraged over a delayed train in Himeji City, reports Nikkan Sports. (tokyoreporter.com)

Tokyo Metropolitan Police have launched a investigation following the discovery of a corpse likely belonging to a woman inside a residence in Suginami Ward, reports TBS News (tokyoreporter.com)

Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Friday carried out a citywide sweep of illicit parlors employing school girls in advance of legislation that will restrict the hiring of minors, reports Nippon News Network (tokyoreporter.com)

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