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Japan’s Children are Disappearing

May 4, 2009

May 5th is Children’s Day in Japan, the day to celebrate the youth and energy of the country. Local inhabitants hang large carp streamers outside their houses called koinobori, which represent famous warriors and other heroes recognizable to children.

Unfortunately, Japan’s population is shrinking and getting older. The Statistics Bureau on May 4th published their annual estimate of the population of children in Japan. The newspapers reported the news. (please note “children” are identified as 14 or younger).

Asahi “And the prefecture with the least children is…” The Asahi reported that from last year there has been a decrease of 11,000 children. This sounds alarming, but even more so is their dismal statistic that the population of children has been decreasing for 28 years in a row since 1982.

They then split the statistics by prefecture (drum roll please). The prefecture with the most children is Okinawa, while the prefecture with the least children is… Akita.

Nikkei “The Lowest Recorded Population” The Nikkei in their headline focuses on the fact that 11,000 children is the lowest on record. They also point out that there are over 500,000 more males than females, and that the older age bracket (12-14) has 400,000 more children than the younger (3-5). The combination of less females and younger children only means that children’s numbers will continue to decrease in years to come.

Yomiuri “A Small Fire in Children’s Clothes” The Yomiuri did not report on the statistics of the decreasing children’s population but instead focused on a small fire in the Daiei Department Store, in the children’s section. 6 suits were burned after the small fire was put out. No one was injured, most fortunately all children survived!

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  1. May 6, 2009 5:34 am

    Hi, cool post. I have been pondering this issue,so thanks for writing. I will definitely be coming back to your blog. Keep up the good work

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