The Earth's population grows by an estimated 75 million every year, but things in Japan are going completely in the other direction. News has come out from Tokyo that number of babies born in the country plummeted to record low figures of 1.001 million in 2014.
While the number of newborn babies has shrunk for the fourth year running, the recorded number of deaths in Japan has risen for the fifth straight time to 1.269 million, as per figures provided by the health, labour and welfare ministry. It means the overall population of the country with the third-largest economy is diminishing at a steady rate. For the third consecutive year, we have less Japanese in the world than previous year.
The reasons causing this alarming reduction in Japanese population are several and reside in their social norms. Japan's hardworking culture has cultivated the trend of marrying late, which significantly impairs chances of pregnancies. The widespread celibacy syndrome indicates that a part of Japanese population has apparently gotten lost in other activities so much that they have simply lost interest in the opposite sex. a 2013 report revealed how conventional relationships don't appeal to Japanese adults anymore and that millions of people in the region have voluntarily kept themselves out of the dating game.
Add to it stringent employment policies that discourage working moms from having babies, and it all becomes clear why Japan's population is inversely proportioned to the world's growth.
Meanwhile, excellent healthcare has pushed life span in Japan to a level where a quarter of its overall population is comprised of senior citizens. This increasing demographic of elderly people in turn puts pressure on the youth to work even harder to fund their pensions, further delaying the phase when they can start thinking about their families.
As per a 2012 census, Japan is the world's tenth-most populous country, but if total deaths keep outnumbering total births like they have since 2005, experts believe it would lose one-third of its overall population by 2060.