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Japan drops out of 10 most populous countries: 2020 census

0.7% rate of decline less severe than in last census, as migrants increase

Deaths continue to outpace births in Japan, resulting in a shrinking population.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japan now ranks 11th worldwide by population, based on preliminary 2020 census data released Friday, the lowest since 1950.

An influx of foreign residents slowed the pace of Japan's population decline, measured at 0.7% from the previous census five years earlier, but the Tokyo region continued to gain as urban concentration intensified.

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