In 2020, 840.8 thousand people were born in Japan, which was the lowest value in the entire history of statistics, that is, since 1899. This is stated in the report of the Ministry of Health, Labor and Social Welfare.
Thus, the country’s population over the past year decreased by 531.8 thousand people – this is also an anti-record for Japan. And the average number of children per woman dropped to 1.34. This is one of the lowest rates in the world. The number of registered marriages fell by 12.3% compared to 2019, to 525.5 thousand, which is a post-war record.
The Japanese government links the negative statistics to the COVID-19 pandemic. The population is hesitant to get married and have children, largely due to financial instability amid the pandemic. In addition, people are afraid to visit hospitals again.