Japanese population statistics in the Tokyo area marked the first ever drop since its onset in 1975, reflecting a continued downturn in the number of births in the country, according to a recent survey.
The number of people in Tokyo and the three nearby prefectures of Saitama, Chiba, and Kanagawa declined by 34,498, or 0.10 percent, from its earlier record, according to a poll by the internal affairs ministry based on the country’s resident register.
Overall, the number fell from 619,140, or 0.50 percent, to 123,223,561, down for the 13th year in a row, recording the largest decline till date.
Additionally, the amount of foreign residents in Japan dropped by 107,202, or 3.81 percent to 2,704,341, for a second consecutive year. The fall is credited to a decline in the number of foreign nationalities moving to Japan, due to the prolonged COVID-19 pandemic aggravation.
The natural population decrease, in this case, experienced an increase of 629,703.
Among other 47 prefectures, Akita suffered a decrease of 1.51 percent, followed by Aomori with a decline of 1.32 percent and Yamagata with a staggering 1.22 percent.
Contrarily, 11 prefectures marked social population increase ( a state in which the number of people who moved into a prefecture is more than the number that moved out).
Overall, for the second consecutive year, the combined population of Japanese and foreigners in the metropolitan areas of Tokyo, Osaka, and Nagoya decreased to 66,153,265.
The total number of people living in Japan, both Japanese and foreigners, decreased by 0.57 percent to 125,927,902.