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.
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