No. of new adults at lowest level of 1.21 mil. on New Year's Day

posted on January 2, 2016

The number of people aged 20 years old, the legal age of adulthood in Japan, is set to reach 1.21 million on New Year's Day 2016, down 50,000 from the previous year to equal the lowest level on record logged on Jan. 1, 2014, government statistics showed Thursday.

The new adults make up 0.95 percent of Japan's total population of around 126.83 million, falling below 1 percent for the sixth straight year in the statistics that have compiled since 1968, according to the Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry.

Of the 1.21 million, 620,000 are men and 590,000 are women. The year-on-year decline in the total number of new adults follows the first increase in 21 years in 2015 with many baby boomers becoming parents roughly two decades ago.

source by kyodonews
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