Talk:Japan's population declines

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Immigration[edit]

Perhaps something ought to be said about immigration in Japan, as birth rates don't tell the whole story about the population increase/decrease of a country. - Apollyon 17:10, 28 December 2005 (UTC)

Some fact-checking[edit]

I checked some facts in this article, revision as of 16:31, 28 December 2005.

  • 1.29% child birth rate
    • Confirmed with the AP/St. Petersburg Times article
  • main reason being the declining birth rate
    • Confirmed with the AP/St. Petersburg Times article
  • 1/5 of the population over age 65.
    • Confirmed with the AP/St. Petersburg Times article
  • First decline on the record, since 1899.
    • Confirmed with the AP/St. Petersburg Times article
    • Confirmed with the Reuter/CNN article
      • It does not specifically says 1899, but says "more than a century."
    • Contradictory with the Japan Times article
      • There was an "exception" in 1945 (the effect of WWII, I suppose). So the decline is not the first ever. It also says that Census record exists since 1920, not 1899.
  • Current population 127,757,000.
    • Confirmed with the Reuter/CNN article
    • Confirmed with the Japan Times article
      • 127.76mil., it says.
  • Population change was -19K during the past year.
    • Not confirmed with the AP/St. Petersburg Times article, or two additional sources I checked.
      • It cites that death/birth difference is -10K. There is a possibility that -19K is a figure accounting both birth/death and immigration. But reading the Japan Times article, I am inclined to think that -19K is the difference between the previous estimate and adjusted estimate of population.


Well.. I think I'll look for more sources. Tomos 19:38, 30 December 2005 (UTC)

I reorganized the above list, and added the resutls of checks against the following sources:


I'm now out of time, and perhaps this topic is a bit more than I can casually handle, but more research would be good. Tomos 20:11, 30 December 2005 (UTC)