According to the most recent census [which was carried out in the last quarter of the year 2010], japans’ population stood at 128,056,026. This number had Japan ranked as the tenth largest country in the entire world.
One very interesting thing to note about the population of Japan is the fact that: despite the high life expectancy, Japan’s population has gradually over the years witnessed significant net population loss as a result of falling birth rates and very little or no net immigration. A recent population estimated showed that Japan’s population had lightly dropped to around 127,960,000. This came in support of a common view which suggested that the population of Japan 2013 was in line for a sharp decline.
Reasons for falling the population of Japan in 2013
There are several valid reasons explaining why Japan’s total population is falling and why this fall in population is expected to continue through 2013. The main reason for population fall in Japan is the difference in birth and death rates. This difference [characteristic of very high death rates and relatively birth rates] coupled with the high number of suicides in the country are the leading causes of population fall in Japan as these two factors claim the most important sector of the population “those below 30 years”.
Apart from the two, natural calamities have also contributed to reducing the population of Japan as the year 2013 approached. For instance: the March 2011 tsunami and earthquake which claimed at least 19,000 lives then. These are simply some of the reasons/factors that have openly and widely knocked off a good size of Japan’s population.
An overview of japans demographic profile 2013
The population of Japan is mostly homogenous with the ethnic Japanese people having population statistic representation of around 98.5% of the total population. The rest of the population of Japan is made up of foreigner’s e.g. Koreans, Peruvians and Brazilians all of who are either employed or doing business there.
The average median age is estimated to stand at 45.4 years [males: 44.1 years and females: 46.9 years]. The population growth rate which currently stands at -0.077% is as a result of low birth rate and high death rate with no net immigration. To some extend the population of Japan 2013 still favors the rate of urbanization [which at the moment stands at: 0.2 %].
Still in 2013 Japanese are still the main ethic group in the country. Other include: Koreans 0.5%, Chinese 0.4% and others 0.6%. With respect to religion, 2% of the total population are Christians, 7.8% of the population have other religious beliefs while shintoism and Buddhism represent the rest of the remaining population. Despite the population fall, literary still stands at a record 99% for both sexes.
Note: All indications are very clear that the population of Japan 2013 marks the start a worrying trend that is of a record drop in the total population of Japan in the years to come. Expert reports by the country’s health and welfare ministries show that the year 2013 will mark the sixth year in a row that the total population of Japan would be falling again.
With the number of births hitting a record low since the end of the world war Japan’s population how very little signs of recovering from the high death rate of up to a million deaths annually that it’s being faced with. This increasingly inverted structure of Japan’s population structure is slowly complicating future plans for generation of tax revenues required to run the country. Experts have since come up with a variety of remedies to deal with population decline.
The future of Japan’s population
In case the disparity that exists between the birth and death rates continues, expert statistic reports are indicating that the population of Japan is most likely to continue spiraling downwards by as much as 30 % to around 87 million by the year 2060.
From the above it is very clear that despite the country’s very high life expectancy, its total population is still expected to continue falling in the following years. With the next national census in Japan is slated for 2015, everybody [including experts] are simply looking forward to see how much of this gloomy forecasts about Japan’s population would come true.
As it is at the moment, Japan is faced with an unprecedented – hard to predict populations transformation which is not only challenging but also characteristic of social, political and social consequences in the future should no action be taken.