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Japanese Prime Minister: Declining birthrate puts nation on the verge of collapse

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By the end of the century, researchers predicted that Japan’s population would decline from a high of 128 million in 2017 to less than 53 million. According to official statistics, the population is currently just under 125 million.

Despite some relaxations, Japan has continued to enforce strict immigration laws, but some experts now argue that the restrictions should be further loosened to help Japan address its aging population.

A number of factors, such as rising living costs, an increase in the number of working and educated women, and easier access to contraception, which encourages women to choose to have fewer children, all contribute to declining birth rates.

China announced its first population decline in 60 years last week.

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