1-minute News | Japan's population crisis deepens as birth rate hits record low
The number of births registered in Japan fell to a new record low last year, continuing a decade-long decline that the country's authorities have failed to reverse despite extensive efforts have been made.
According to statistics published by the Ministry of Health on Tuesday, the nation experienced 799,728 births in 2022, the lowest number on record and the very first time that number ever fell below 800,000. Over the last 40 years, that figure has almost halved. Moreover, Japan recorded more than 1.58 million post-war deaths, a record high.
Kishida in January said that he wants the government to double its spending on child-related programs, a new government agency will be established in April to concentrate on the issue of the country's low birth rate.