Population falls for 7th year in a row

The Yomiuri ShimbunJapan’s population as of Oct. 1, 2017, was estimated to be 126.706 million — down by 227,000, or 0.18 percent, from a year earlier and marking the seventh straight year of decline, the Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry announced Friday. The estimate includes foreign residents.

The population of people aged 65 or older stood at 35.152 million, up 561,000, or 1.6 percent. This figure accounts for a record high 27.7 percent of the total population and is the first time this age bracket has topped 35 million. Of the 65 or older age group, there were 17.482 million people aged 75 or older, accounting for 13.8 percent of the total population, or one in seven people.Speech

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