Recently the NHK News On-line reported the following:
出生数が過去最少 死亡者は戦後最多 人口減が加速
An investigation of the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare showed that the "birth rate” this year nationwide was slightly over 940,000 people, showing the perspective of being the lowest so far. On the other hand, about 1,340,000 people had died and became the highest in the post- war, clearly showed a perspective that the decrease in population was accelerating.
The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare was estimating the number of children born this year, the so called birth rate, based on the numerical value from January to October every year.
Base on this, the birth rate of 941,000 people this year when compared with last year was for the first time lower than 1,000,000 people, it was a decrease of 36,000 people; there was a perspective that it became the lowest since the beginning of keeping statistics since 1899.
On the other hand, domestic death toll was 1,344,000 people and was 36,000 people higher than that of last year, and the perspective was that it would become the highest in the postwar. When the number of population decrease due to death was deducted from the number of birth, it would be 403,000 people; there was a perspective that for the first time in post-war it was over 400,000 people.
The population of Japan had been decreasing for 11 years continuously, the accelerating decreasing pace clearly stood out.
The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare supposed that it would “together with the strengthening of the present maintenance in a day care centers etc. in giving support to child rearing household, will make an effort on working support so that the younger generation can bear children with confidence in the future, and would like to put a brake on the low birthrate."
It seems that the Japanese government is working hard to put a brake on the low birthrate.