ArrowArtboardCreated with Sketch.Title ChevronTitle ChevronIcon FacebookIcon LinkedinIcon Mail ContactPath LayerIcon MailPositive ArrowIcon PrintIcon Twitter
Politics

Brave new world in which fewer people lead richer, lonelier lives

Policies must evolve if technology and digitalization are to sustain prosperity

Single-person households are on the increase worldwide. In China, the number of solitary adults was expected to approach 100 million in 2021, up 30% from 2018.   © Kyodo

TOKYO -- For the first time in approximately 300,000 years of existence, the human race is about to enter a period of population decline, according to Hiroshi Kito, a historical demographer and former president of the University of Shizuoka.

A new normal is approaching in this era of shrinking numbers, and as this transpires some of the givens and conventions that underpinned modern societies and economies will come undone.

Sponsored Content

About Sponsored Content This content was commissioned by Nikkei's Global Business Bureau.

Discover the all new Nikkei Asia app

  • Take your reading anywhere with offline reading functions
  • Never miss a story with breaking news alerts
  • Customize your reading experience

Nikkei Asian Review, now known as Nikkei Asia, will be the voice of the Asian Century.

Celebrate our next chapter
Free access for everyone - Sep. 30

Find out more