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Japan’s pregnancy declarations decreased by 5.1% year-on-year from January to October, and the problem of childlessization intensified.

Japan's pregnancy declarations decreased by 5.1% year-on-year from January to October, and the problem of childlessization intensified.

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On December 24th local time, Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare announced that from January to October 2020, the number of pregnancy declarations in Japan decreased by 5.1% year-on-year to 727,219.

This phenomenon is believed to be affected by the COVID-19 epidemic.

Japan’s population will drop to 792,000 in 2021, according to the Japan Institute of Comprehensive Studies.

Japan’s First Institute of Life Economics estimates based on the current birth situation that Japan’s population may fall below 100 million by 2049, four years ahead of the calculation of the National Institute of Social Security and Population.

The Japan Economic News commented that the problem of child-childization in Japan is intensifying faster than expected, Japan’s population will accelerate to decline, and the Japanese government may have to further promote the reform of the social security system.

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