Japan confirms record low of 811,604 births last year

去年の出生数81万1604人 前年比3万人減で過去最少

Nikkei -- Jun 04
The number of births in 2021 in Japan fell by 3.5% from the previous year to 811,604, hitting the lowest level on record, according to data released by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare on Friday.

That figure has been falling since 2016, when it first dropped below 1 million, and it is now on track to fall below 800,000.

The number of births only include Japanese citizens living in Japan. The preliminary figure released in February, which contained Japanese citizens living at home and abroad, as well as foreigners living in Japan, was 842,897, down 3.4% from 2020.

Japan's total fertility rate, which indicates the number of children a woman will have during her lifetime on average, also fell 0.03 point to 1.30 in 2021 from the previous year.

This marks the sixth straight year the number has declined. The figure fell further from 2020, when the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic was most evident, reaching its fourth-lowest point since the number has been tracked. ...continue reading

Jun 04 (ANNnewsCH) - 厚生労働省は去年、生まれた赤ちゃんは81万1604人で、過去最も少なかったと発表しました。  ...continue reading

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