Japan’s population is now back to 2000 levels after a fourth straight year of decline. Statistics released by the Internal Affairs and Communication Ministry Friday said Japan’s population on October 1, 2014 stood at 127.1 million, down 215,000 from October 2013.
Japan’s population is now at its lowest level since 2000, when there were 126.9 million people alive in the East Asian Nation.
Japan’s rapid population decline since 2010 has been linked to its rapidly ageing population. Thirty-three million people, 26 percent of the population, are aged 65 or over. This is in stark contrast to the 16.23 million people (12.8 percent) aged 14 or under.
Japan’s population peak this century came in 2008, with 128.1 million people. The population has been declined by 1.2 million since then.
Low birth rates are also adding to population decline in Japan, which is set to be overtaken by Mexico as the world’s 10th most populace country in the near future.
The downward trend is not expected to revers in the coming decades, with some predicting the population will drop below 90 million by 2060.
“With more people choosing life without marriage and children, the way of living has become more diverse and immigrants are few in Japan. So, it would be difficult to change the situation rapidly,” an official told the Japan Times.