Japan Records Largest Population Decline in 2023 as Births Plummet to Record Low

In a concerning trend for Japan's demographic landscape, the year 2023 saw a significant decline in the number of newborns, marking a record low in the country's history. According to government data reported by Kyodo News, Japan's population shrank by its largest ever margin, with births plummeting by 5.1 percent compared to the previous year, totaling just 758,631 infants.

Former Prime Minister of Japan shot: Shinzo Abe hit while giving a speech PHOTO/VIDEO

Abe (67) was left unconscious after he was shot by an unidentified assailant, who was taken into custody by police at the scene, Kyodo reported.
Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno said he did not know Abe's condition after the attack, and Kyodo news agency and NHK reported that Abe, 67, was unconscious and in cardiac arrest when he was taken to hospital.

Shinzo Abe in ’very grave condition’ after being shot: Japanese PM

Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, an arch-conservative and one of his nation's most divisive figures, was shot dead during a campaign speech on July 8 in western Japan. He was airlifted to a hospital but officials said he was not breathing and his heart had stopped. Later, Japan's NHK television said Abe has died in the hospital. 

Dancing ‘old heart-throbs’ become TikTok sensation in Japan

Showing off their awkward moves in shirts, ties and brightly colored belly warmers, four men in their 50s and 60s have become Japan's latest TikTok sensation.

The group's mission? To promote their small countryside town, whose population is in decline, through dance routines to pop tunes that fans call "adorable."

Confidence weakens among Japanese manufacturers

Confidence weakened among Japan's major manufacturers for the first time in nearly two years, a key business survey showed on April 1, as concern grows over the impact of the Ukraine crisis.

The Bank of Japan's Tankan business survey showed a reading of plus 14 for major manufacturers, lower than the previous plus 17.

Japanese Over Age of 65 Will Soon Pass 30% of Population

The share of people over the age of 65 in Japan reached a record 29.1 percent of the total population, according to official data released today.

The figure has been gradually increasing since the end of World War II. In 1950, for example, the elderly were 4.9 percent of the population, in 1985 - 10 percent, and in 2005 - over 20 percent, recalls TASS.