Japan births at record low as demographic woes deepen

By Kiyoshi Takenaka and Satoshi Sugiyama
Updated February 27 2024 - 8:00pm, first published 7:56pm
The number of births in Japan fell 5.1 per cent in 2023 from a year earlier to 758,631. (EPA PHOTO)
The number of births in Japan fell 5.1 per cent in 2023 from a year earlier to 758,631. (EPA PHOTO)

The number of babies born in Japan has fallen for an eighth straight year to a fresh record low in 2023, preliminary government data shows, underscoring the daunting task the country faces in trying to stem depopulation.

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