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Japan's population drops to 126m in 2020 census, down 0.7% vs. 2015

Results highlight economic strain of shrinking workforce and more elderly

The national census is conducted once every five years to survey the status of all people and households in Japan

TOKYO -- Japan's total population, including foreign nationals, was 126.14 million as of Oct. 1, 2020, according to final figures from the 2020 census released by the Ministry of Communications and Internal Affairs on Nov. 30.

That is 0.7% or nearly 949,000 people less than in the 2015 survey, and the second consecutive drop in national census figures.

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