Govt. white paper grapples with population decline

posted on October 27, 2015

A report by the Japanese government stresses the need for policies that address the country's troubling population decline.

The Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry presented its annual white paper to the Cabinet on Tuesday.

It estimates that the population will fall to 86.74 million by 2060 and that about 40 percent will be 65 or over, based on the current rate.

The report cites the need for the government and the private sector to adopt specific measures to maintain a population of around 100 million.

It says the percentage of single people is expected to rise every year.

It predicts that in 2035, 29 percent of men and 19.2 percent of women will never have been married by the time they reach 50.

A survey this year of families with children aged 15 or under found that 67.4 percent of men and 77.3 percent of women felt burdened by or worried about child-rearing.

source by NHK world
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