Record low No. of pregnancies reported in 2020 in Japan amid pandemic

Kyodo -- May 27
The number of pregnancies reported in 2020 reached a new low amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, government data showed Wednesday.

Municipalities across Japan recorded 872,227 pregnancies last year, down 4.8 percent from a year before, suggesting that the number of babies born in 2021 is likely to fall below the 800,000 line for the first time.

The data from the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare puts even more pressure on the government, which in addition to tackling a persistently low birth rate is also dealing with a rapidly aging population.

Soaring social security spending to cover pensions and medical care for the elderly weighs heavily on the world's third-largest economy's budget.

The annual number of newborns sank below 900,000 for the first time in 2019. The number is likely to further decline to below 850,000 in 2020, according to government sources.

- Kyodo

厚生労働省は26日、全国の自治体が去年1年間に受理した妊娠届の件数は1年前に比べ、 4.8%減った87万2,227件になったと発表しました。 比較できる2018年以降で最も少なくなりました。 - テレ東BIZ