Is Japan's population increasing or decreasing?
The United Nations' 2002 statistics of movement of population show that the natural population increase is 1.6 per l,O00 people in Japan, 1.2 in Great Britain, 4.i in France, 8.7 in China, and 16.6 in India.
The exploding population of India and China is a global problem, but Japan's population will also continue to grow into the 21st century, despite the declining number of births.
According to estimates in 2002 by the National Institute of Population at the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, Japan's population will peak in 2006 at 127.74 million before starting to decline.
By 2025, the population will drop to 121.13 million and then to 100.6 million by 2050.
And by 2100, the population will fall to a mere 64.13 million.
The emergence of the nuclear family and a lower birth rate will have an enormous effect in the 21st century.
The total population is dropping, but there's actually a serious problem.
A look at the population by age group in 1950 shows that the older the age group, the smaller the ratio of the population.
Those 15-years and younger was 35.4 percent, while those 65 or older comprised 4.9 percent.
This ratio had changed sharply by 2002.
Due to the declining birth rate, the 15 and younger group had dropped to 14.2 percent, while those 65 or older had rcached 18.5 percent.
It's now predicted that the ratio in 2050 will be 10.8 percent to 35.7 percent.
This means that one in three of the total population will be a senior citizen, presenting a serious situation where two people will need to support each pensioner.