The Japanese population is expected to shrink by one third in the next half century, a government report says. The Health and Welfare ministry estimates that 40% of the population will be of retirement age by 2060. It says that life expectancy - already one of the highest in the world - will continue to rise.What if the whole world followed Japan's example? How many problems would be solved?
The government report says that by 2060, Japan will have 87 million people, down from today's 128 million. The proportion aged 65 or older is expected to double to 40%.
At the same time the national workforce - comprising people aged between 15 to 65 - will shrink to about half of the total population, estimates released by the National Institute of Population and Social Security Research say.
The research says that Japan's population will keep declining by one million people every year in coming decades
Japan population to shrink by one-third by 2060 (BBC)
Young Japanese 'decline to fall in love' (BBC)
Japan leads the way in sexless love (The Guardian)
BONUS: Pregnant, and pushed out of a job (New York Times). Why would anyone interested in self-preservation have a child in America anymore?