Japan shrinking as birthrate falls to lowest level in history

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In 2018 there were 921,000 births and 1.37m deaths, with government efforts failing to encourage families to have more children

Japan suffered its biggest population decline on record this year, according to new figures that underline the country’s losing battle to raise its birth rate.

The number of births fell to its lowest since records began more than a century ago, the health and welfare ministry said, soon after parliament approved an immigration bill that will pave the way for the arrival of hundreds of thousands of blue-collar workers to address the worst labour shortage in decades.

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