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Shrinking workforce threatens Japan's economy

Lower working-age population suggests need for social reform, more productivity

TOKYO -- Japan's working-age population is facing a steep decline, new demographic research confirms, leaving the country's future vitality precarious barring major improvements in social security and labor productivity.

The National Institute of Population and Social Security Research published new statistics on Japan's population Monday, showing projected levels for each of the 50 years from 2015 to 2065.

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