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23 March 2009 @ 07:58 pm
Japan's population - an increase in distance between male and female ratios (and other statistics)  
日本の女性人口、初の減少・・・男性は4年連続

Original Article Here (Yomiuri Shinbun)

First reduction in the number of Japanese women in over 50 years - population of men follows the pattern found 4 years ago.

According to the October 2008 estimated population numbers presented by the Ministry of Internal Affair and Communications on March 23rd, the total population of Japan including both Japanese citizens and immigrants was 127,692,000 people, down 79,000 from last year and showing the first reduction in population in three years.

This time, women accounted for 65,441,000 of the total population, down 20,000 from last year, and the first of such a reduction since dating back to the earliest comparable statistics from the year 1950.

With a loss of 59,000, the total number of men was 62,251,000, following the continuing pattern of population reduction in men showed by results 4 years ago.

Including immigrants, the natural fluctuation in the number of births and deaths compared to normal standards shows that births are 34,000 less than deaths in a 2 year continuing pattern. Compared to last year at 75,000, the number of Japanese citizens leaving the country increased to 11,000 for another change seen for the first time in 3 years.

Notes: These days, people are always chatting about the male to female ratio in China and how the future looms grimly overhead. According to this article, Japan is facing a similar situation. I was aware of the older generation overshadowing the younger generation in Japan, but not of this.

A note on the translation: Long and drawn out English. I'm not familiar with the proper terms and structure for reporting statistics in a newspaper, but there has to be a standard and thus shorter way of doing it.


Original Japanese Text:

 総務省が23日に発表した2008年10月1日現在の推計人口によると、日本の総人口(日本人と外国人の合計)は1億2769万2000人で前年比7万9000人減となり、3年ぶりに減少に転じた。

 このうち、女性は6544万1000人で前年比2万人減となり、比較可能な統計が残っている1950年以来、初めて減少した。

 男性は、前年比5万9000人減の6225万1000人で4年連続減少した。
 外国人を含む出生者数と死亡者数の差である「自然増減」は、出生者数が死亡者数を3万4000人下回り、2年連続減。入国者と出国者の差の「社会増減」も、日本人の出国超過数が11万人と前年(7万5000人)より増え、3年ぶりに減少した。
(2009年3月23日23時37分 読売新聞