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Japan's steepening birthrate decline defies policy support

Coronavirus risks worse rich-nation dilemma from South Korea to France

A kindergarten in Japan: The country's birthrate has hit a 12-year low. (Photo by Kotaro Igarashi)

TOKYO -- Japan on Friday announced its lowest fertility rate since 2007, marking four years of decline and underscoring a persistent challenge that countries from South Korea to France have yet to solve.

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