Japan’s population falls while foreign residents rise to record -govt

Japan’s population falls while foreign residents rise to record -govt

The latest government data revealed that the population of Japanese citizens has experienced its most rapid decline ever, while the number of foreign residents has reached a new record of nearly 3 million people. This data highlights the increasing role that foreign nationals are playing in Japanese society as a means to compensate for the shrinking population.

According to the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, the population of Japanese nationals has fallen for the 14th consecutive year, with a decrease of approximately 800,000 people, bringing the total to 122.42 million in 2022. This data is based on the number of people with resident registrations as of January 1, 2023.

For the first time, the number of Japanese residents has declined in all 47 prefectures, resulting in an overall population decrease to 125.41 million people, a reduction of around 511,000 individuals.

The decline in Japan’s population can be attributed to its low birth rate, which reached a record low last year. Since its peak in 2008, the population has been steadily decreasing.

On the other hand, the number of foreign nationals residing in Japan has seen a significant increase. As of January 1, there were 2.99 million foreign residents, marking a 10.7% surge compared to the previous year. This year-on-year increase is the largest since the internal ministry began tracking the non-Japanese category a decade ago.

Tokyo is home to the largest share of foreign residents, accounting for 4.2% of the population, which translates to 581,112 people. The capital city also experienced the highest growth in the non-Japanese population last year.

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has prioritized addressing the country’s declining birth rate. Despite Japan’s high levels of debt, the government plans to allocate 3.5 trillion yen ($24.84 billion) annually to support parents through childcare and other measures.

In conclusion, the population of Japanese citizens is declining at an unprecedented rate, while the number of foreign residents is reaching new heights. This trend emphasizes the increasing importance of foreign nationals in Japanese society. The government is taking steps to address the declining birth rate and support parents through significant financial investments.

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