The number of newborns in Japan hit a record low in 2018, the total being 918,397 which means that this number has fallen below 1 million mark for the third year in a row, according to a government survey. This article was sourced from Kyodo and the Japan Times. We all know that Japan is aging rapidly with the population falling 444,085.
The number of births fell 27,668 from the previous year. The number of deaths rising 22,985 to 1,362,482 from the previous year. The total fertility rate has been near the 1.4 since 2012 after falling to a low of 1.26 in 2005. With the low lever incomes, it is becoming difficult for young people to marry and have children.
The Japanese government is now implementing systems to support young families in the form of reducing costs for associated with giving birth and managing child care. One political figure found himself in hot water recently when he said that Japanese women should have at least three children. More on this topic in the future.