Japan Child Population Hits Record Low

RT, May 5, 2014

Japan’s child population remains in free fall, with the number of children dropping for the 33rd year straight, Japanese media reports.

According to the latest information from the country’s internal affairs ministry, Japan has lost 160,000 children under the age of 15 since last year. As of April 1, children under 15 made up 12.8 percent of the Japanese population, the lowest ratio among 30 nations with populations of at least 40 million, according to ministry officials.

By comparison, the proportion stood at 19.5 percent in the United States, 16.4 percent in China, 15.1 percent in South Korea and 13.2 percent in Germany.

While the ratio of children to adults in Japan has been falling for four straight decades since 1974, when the ratio was 24.4 percent, the child population has fallen every year since hitting 27.6 million in 1981.

The ministry’s statistics showed that the younger the age cohort, the smaller the population figures. The number was 3.51 million for children between 12 and 14, 3.33 million between 9 and 11, 3.19 million between 6 and 8, 3.16 million between 3 and 5 and 3.14 million aged 2 and younger, Japan’s Asashi Shimbun reports.

In a country of 127.6 million people with an average life expectancy of 82.59 years, the number of children now stands at 16.33 million, 8.36 million of whom are boys and 7.97 million of whom are girls. Since 1997, seniors of 65 years or older have outnumbered children in the country.

The ministry warns the child population will continue to decline without a major increase in the number of births.

According to the Health and Welfare Ministry’s estimation released in January 2012, Japan’s population is expected to decline by about one million people every year in the coming decades. Based on those projections, Japan will have a population of 87 million in 2060, 40 percent of which is expected to be over the age of 65.

Japan’s current fertility rate hovers around 1.39 births per woman–one of the lowest in the world–according to World Bank data.

Many factors have been blamed from the decline, ranging from strict immigration policy, gender inequality, and even a lack of interest in not only having children, but sexual activity among the young. According to an October 2013 Guardian report, the Japan Family Planning Association (JFPA) said that 45 percent of Japanese women aged 16-24 “were not interested in or despised sexual contact.”

Twenty-five percent of Japanese men reported similar feelings.

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  • 4321realist

    “Japan Child Population Hits Record Low”

    If they make the right adjustments they’ll have a better country than before with fewer people.

    But if the power and money boys insist on growth and continuing their pursuit of wealth and power it will turn out as badly there as it will here and in Europe.

    • Yeah, especially if they allow hordes of non-Japanese people to work jobs that the Japanese people just won’t do. That’s always the death-knell of any nation or culture.

  • Sue

    Maybe they should take the Mexicans?

    • FlaVet

      They don’t go for that like we do.

      • Yeah, they’re not that stupid!

      • Einsatzgrenadier

        The Japanese government actually cares about the well-being and happiness of its citizens, which is why they don’t flood the country with third world immigrants.

        • So CAL Snowman

          If the Japanese government cared about the happiness and well being of its citizens they would not have lied about the catastrophe at Fukushima and they would deactivate all nuclear plants in Japan. Instead the government is letting its people die a slow and painful death from nuclear radiation poisoning and various cancers.

          • cherrie greenbaum123

            Japan is inflating the daylights out of their currency for about 30 years, leaving little buying power for its middle class. Many can’t find full time work, relying instead on part time, especially young. The cost of living is astronomical. This is becoming the standard in the US as well. Wages down, costs up, big time.

          • IstvanIN

            Government’s lie, that isn’t unique to the Japanese.

          • evilsandmich

            To say nothing of the horrid corporate cronyism that Strider73 cites above that has suffocated the economy for decades.

  • Shadow

    It’s too bad that this article wasn’t about the demographics of Mexico,Central America and sub-Saharan Africa,instead of Japan.

  • FlaVet

    So what. The Koreans make the better cars and TV’s now anyway.

  • D.B. Cooper

    Japan could lose 100,000,000 people, and it would still be overcrowded. Cull the herd, but watch out for the refugees who want in.

    • FlaVet

      They’re very strict about their immigration…like the Mexi’s are. Japan likes to keep it all Japan. My kid just came back from a week long business trip to Tokyo. She said the animosity towards her was blatant and open.

      • The Japanese know they got a good thing in Japan and they don’t want to screw it up like white nations are known to do.

  • dd121

    So what? The population dipped in Europe after the black plague epidemics. It bounced back without 3rd world immigration.

    • sbuffalonative


      How did we survive before central planning?

    • JohnEngelman

      After the black plague reduced the population of Europe the standard of living for most Europeans increased. Wages increased. prices declined.

  • JohnEngelman

    China and Japan each have a high population density. More people mean that there is less of everything good to go around. The Japanese voluntary method of population decline is preferable to the coercive one child only policy in China.

    • IstvanIN

      True, but they need to put the brakes on the free fall.

    • Magician

      I hope they also address and solve their gender imbalance between boys and girls over there.

    • Magician

      What is your opinion on the birthrate and population density of Jewish people around the world?

      • JohnEngelman

        Jews generally have a low birth rate. I am glad that there are as many Jews in the world as there are.

        • Magician

          Do you plan to marry an Asian woman whose religion is Judaism?

    • Intrep1d

      Japan is a developed country. China isn’t. Their means of addressing their problems will be different.

  • So CAL Snowman

    With the Fukushima crisis, those numbers are going to continue to fall.

  • HJ11

    Good news. There will be less of their genes to possibly mix with my genes.

    Now, we have to up the White birthrate to the levels we once had and when we teem again, maybe we can repopulate Japan with Whites.

    Expand always, contract never.

    • IstvanIN

      I don’t see an upside in the decline of the Japanese people. If we mix with them that is a problem for both of us, it isn’t like they are “forcing” themselves on us. They are an ancient people and it would be a shame for them to go extinct.

      • HJ11

        If you’re White, what do you care if the Japanese go extinct? Their genes compete with our genes in the never ending gene wars.

        • IstvanIN

          Because I wish them no harm if they do me no harm. I don’t want to see tigers or gorilla’s go extinct, either.

    • JohnEngelman

      Human quality is more important than human numbers.

      • DaveMed

        This statement clearly has its limits.

      • HJ11

        When and if Whites teem once again, quality will naturally come. If we do not teem, extinction by bedroom genocide is our possible fate.

        And, ” human quality,” relating to non-Whites intereste me not at all. My genes are not with them and therefore I am not with them. I care only for White human quality–and this will come with more fully White births.

  • Strider73

    No mention in the article of the ongoing recession/depression in Japan, about to “celebrate” its 25th anniversary. When times are tough, fewer young are produced. That is as true for humans as it is for the rest of the animal kingdom.

    The government makes the economy worse with its bailouts, Fed-style money printing, roads and bridges to nowhere, etc. Let the zombie companies go under, put the remaining businesses to work on productive enterprises, and the economy will rebound (followed shortly thereafter by the birth rate). Iceland did just that — along with throwing the banksters in jail — and has fully recovered. The Japanese are intelligent and hard-working; they could do at least as well.

    • cherrie greenbaum123

      But, but, we have a really generous immigration policy in the states, “Come One, Come All” and bring grandma, grandpa and all yo cuzzins. No problem can come of that now, could it?

      • Kenner

        Nice avatar!

        • cherrie greenbaum123

          Leslie Gore rules! (despite her lesbianism)

          • Kenner

            Ah, back when ‘America’ wasn’t just a geographical expression…

  • Whitetrashgang

    This planet needs 90 percent less people anyway, to bad the Japanese are actually good compared to most people.The US should have 200 million tops the last 100 can go home.

  • cherrie greenbaum123

    It would have been interesting to see a breakdown of race in those world population figures but I think I already know the answer. :

  • CourtneyfromAlabama

    It couldn’t be. Not the perfect Japanese (perfect to some on here as well as to whites in general).

  • GeneticsareDestiny

    I agree, Japan is overcrowded as it is anyway; they will be better off with a smaller population. And once they stabilize at a new, lower population level, I imagine the Japanese will become more interested in having children and birthrates will go back up to replacement level.

    It will also be a good thing for housing costs, as they are extremely high, particularly in Tokyo where a large chunk of the good jobs are. Lower housing demand will force prices down.

    I’m not so sure if they will really have to be cruel to their elderly, though, to get through the difficult years ahead. They have been investing a lot of money into inventing new robots that will allow the elderly to live independently for longer. It certainly won’t be easy, there is no doubt about that, but Japan is a pretty wealthy nation and I think they can handle it as well as anyone could.

    • IstvanIN

      No one lives forever. Without assistance from younger people old people simply won’t be able to live as long. The life-span should start to decline because of the lack of young people.

      • GeneticsareDestiny

        Their lifespans may take a hit, that is true. But I doubt it will be extreme. I don’t think they’ll lose more than a year, possibly two, on average. Innovation will take up the slack that immigrants are currently taking up in the U.S. and Europe, and Japan will be better off for it.

        I wouldn’t be surprised to see clever new inventions coming along soon that will enable one young person working at a nursing home to care for more people at once, or innovations helping elderly Japanese to continue to cook for themselves, use the bathroom alone, etc.

        • IstvanIN

          Machines are less likely to deliberately abuse, neglect and rape the elderly like Mestizos and blacks.

  • Paleoconn

    Despite the decline, it’s not the end of the world for the Japanese since they are not being drowned out in their own country by foreigners. Even if their population drops to below 100 million they are still homogenous and safe from the ills that plague the west. I predict the future belongs to countries like Japan, Russia, Hungary and other Eastern European nations.

    • evilsandmich

      It’s not for lack of effort. Google ‘Nigerians in Japan’. The claim is that there’s only six or seven thousand, but I’d but down money that you could put a zero after that.

      • Paleoconn

        Even so, 70,000 Nigerians in a country of 150 million hardly registers. better to have none of course, but this is what 1/2000th of the population? No big deal.

  • IKUredux

    I hate Asians. Although, I admit to a soft spot for the Japanese. God! It is so hard being a racist. The Japanese are NOT Chinese. The Japanese have many cultural standards that I find endearing. Also, they do not stink. Also, they are not inclined to leave their Motherland and infiltrate and colonize my Motherland. Whatever is inflicting the White world is also having an impact on Japan. May God please bless Whites and Japanese with more children.

  • Luca

    The Japanese live on an Island, just as did the original inhabitants of Easter Island. Anyone living on an island has to use space and resources wisely. Japan is voluntarily reducing it’s population through culture, birth control and strict immigration policy.

    The civilized world could learn a lesson from Japan.

  • Ella

    I thought Italy and Spain have lower fertility rates than Japan does. Austria, Italy, and Spain are equally facing economic hardships dealing with much older populations.

    • Magician

      All one has to do is look it up.


  • evilsandmich

    The ministry warns the child population will continue to decline without a major increase in the number of births.

    Is that how that works? I’m sure glad that they have a whole ministry to relate such crucial information.

    45 percent of Japanese women aged 16-24 “were not interested in or despised sexual contact.”

    That’s because you don’t know anyone who can do it properly, baby.

    • William_JD


    • Lagerstrom

      Nice one Evils!

  • SoulInvictus

    Can’t recommend Paleo enough. Sleeping better, easily trim, healthier, stronger, look better than I did 10 years ago.
    Check out the Nerd Fitness site for some entertaining info on it.

  • IstvanIN

    Nonsense? Wouldn’t California be better off with 15 million whites rather than 39 million mestizos?

  • German

    Here in Germany we have 20% immigrants, but still the second lowest child-adult ratio. I’d change with Japan any day. They may get fewer even faster than us but they keep their ethnic homogeneity and don’t need to deal with an ailing and failing multiculti society. In the best case, they spare themselves a civil war.

    • Magician

      I just read that one out of three children in Berlin are on social benefits. I am not aware if majority of the children on social benefits are ethnically German or children of immigrants and refugee children. The article did not say.

      • Dragblacker

        Germany has had a welfare state since the days of Bismarck. I don’t know the demographics of recipients now, but it’s certainly not a new thing.

  • Magician

    This is silly!! it gave me a good LOL and the square watermelon actually appears to be quite practical and useful.