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Saturday, February 27, 2016

Japan's Population Drops By 1-Million

Well, d'uh…

According to the Internal Affairs Ministry of Japan, data released on February 26, 2016 shows that Japan's population has shrunk by 947,000 over the past five years.

It is the first decline since the first survey was undertaken back in 1920.

It is quite significant when you think of all the loses the country suffered in the years preceding and including WWII, with it's antagonistic war first with China, and then the U.S. and the rest of the Allied nations.

Just the two atomic bombs alone one would think would play a huge role in an overall decrease in population - but no.

It is Japan's apparent refusal to have procreational sex. I assume that someone is still having sex over there that isn't a gaijin.

Couple the lack of procreational sex with the fact that about 27 percent of the country's population is over the age of 65, and you can see why Japan is facing a negative population growth.

Okay… that and the fact that it doesn't get an influx of immigrants looking to jump start their lives in the Land of the Rising Sun.

I tried, oh, how I tried, to do my part, but apparently you can't please everyone. Or anyone.

But waitaminute! Germany, France and Italy are also under the gun with about a 20 percent population base over the 65-year hurdle.

According to Japan's Internal Affairs Ministry, the country's population is at 127.1-million… which is down by 0.7 percent from the 2010 data when there were 128.1-million Japanese.

The census is taken every five years.

Not every part of Japan is experiencing a decline in population. Tokyo, for example, had an increase in population over the past five years - probably because people travel there for all the cool universities, and more jobs are available there, too. Bright lights. Big City. (Good book! Written in the 2nd person.)

Let's see… there were eight prefectures out of 47 that had an increase in population between 2014 and 2015.

The biggest was in Okinawa, followed by Tokyo (though it has the highest population at 13.5-million). Saitama, Chiba and Kanagawa also experienced population growth.

I should point out that in those last three prefectures plus Tokyo, there was a combined increase of only 119,357 people.

Tokyo, Saitama, Kanagawa, Chiba, Aichi, Fukuoka, Osaka and Okinawa

The biggest drop in population was experienced by the lovely island/prefecture of Hokkaido, which had a net decrease of 8,862.

Surprisingly (in my opinion), are those prefectures that were decimated in the March 11, 2011 9.0 Magnitude earthquake and tsunami (and multiple near-nuclear reactor meltdowns).

Miyagi had a total net decrease of 76 - the first time in four years that it went down.

Iwate and Fukushima saw net drops of 4,122 and 2,395, respectively.

Y'know, Japan... usually the terms "going down" and "sex" have happier results.

Japan - have responsible sex without condoms,
Andrew Joseph

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