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Japan's shrinking population defies efforts to stave off decline

Better pay needed to attract foreign workers, economists say

A greater burden on working-age Japanese could discourage them from having children. (Photo by Wataru Ito)

TOKYO -- New data that projects Japan's rapidly falling population will hit 87 million in 2070 adds to the pressure on policymakers to confront a demographic crisis in Asia's second-largest economy.

The figures show a shrinking pool of workers sustaining ever larger numbers of elderly people.

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