Japan sees slowest population growth since 1920

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February 25, 2011 06:39

 
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TOKYO — Japan's population has grown at the slowest pace since 1920 as the rapidly aging country grapples with extremely low birthrates, a census report showed Friday.

Japan, the world's 10th most populated country, said its population stood at 128.05 million as of October 2010, up 0.2 percent from the previous census in 2005.

The figure marked the slowest population growth since Japan began a census in 1920, said Keiko Nozaki, an official at the internal affairs ministry, which released the once-in-five-years census data.

"The weak population growth was mainly due to Japan's very low birthrates," Nozaki said.

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