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Japan's birthrate fell to 1.2 range in 2022, lowest in 17 years

Causes include declining marriages amid pandemic, delayed economic recovery

Japan's total fertility rate likely fell for the seventh year in a row to about 1.2 in 2022. (Photo by Yosuke Kurabe)

TOKYO -- Japan's total fertility rate, the number of children a woman has in her lifetime, likely fell to about 1.2 in 2022, the lowest in 17 years, Nikkei has learned.

The annual decline would be the seventh in a row. The number of marriages also fell, due mainly to social restrictions stemming from the COVID-19 outbreak, resulting in a significant drop in births.

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