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Current Japan Population 2009: Higher Density with Declining Pattern
For all the years that I’ve studied and through all the leisure reading on the facts of Japan, one thing stays in my mind as some sort of general knowledge; is how high is the population of Japan. More to say, is how packed the main cities could be. But I should also not to forget commenting about the post-mortem of a developed or near-developed countries, is the increasing number of people who are living life in small towns and village to pursue their dreams and a much modernized lifestyle in big cities, leaving probably the old folks back at home plowing the fields and milking cows to get on with their daily lives.
Well, that is something that do not only happen in Japan, but every other corner of the world where there are clear development and expansion going.
In 2009, Japan has ranked 10th on the most populated countries in the World with approximately 127.614 millions of people living in japan currently. (more information from Japanese Statistics Bureau). Statistics also ranked Japan in the top 40 in terms of population density with more than 310 people per square kilometer, especially in big cities. Tokyo obviously stands as the most populated city/metropolitan followed by Yokohama and Osaka on the rank.
Despite of these population explosion, Japan is actually experiencing a considerable problematic issue of declining in population, which in the year 2050, Japan’s population is expected to reduced to 103 millions from 127.614 millions this year. This is hugely due to low level of birth rate and rapidly aging population.
I personally think this is quite a significantly troublesome problem that Japan is facing but they have proved to be overlooking it after all. It shows clearly how important this issue is in a related news of the recent Japan’s election which Liberal Democratic Party has lost their governing power. It stated that one aspect that lead to their lost was on the issue of overlooking the problem of how low birth rates and rapidly aging population affect Japan’s economy all this while. (You can read the detail here, In Analysis of Japanese Election – Falling Birth Rates and a Rapidly Aging Population are Overlooked ).