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Japan population falls at record pace to 125.93m with births low

Tight border controls amid COVID and lack of influx to capital weigh on data

By prefecture, Tokyo saw the largest population decrease at 48,592 persons, the first drop since 2013 as the capital experienced significant outflow of foreign residents in addition to the decrease in Japanese moving in.

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japan's population declined to 125.93 million as of Jan. 1, the largest fall in the overall number and by percentage since comparable data became available in 2013, as deaths again outnumbered births and COVID-19 border restrictions kept foreign resident numbers low, government data showed Tuesday.

The population came to 125,927,902 including resident foreigners, dropping by 726,342 or 0.57% from the previous year, according to data released by the internal affairs ministry.

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