Consider what Japan’s future demographic crisis will do to the metropolis of Tokyo -- a municipal government report warned that the population of the capital city will be cut by half over the next 90 years.
By then, almost one-half (46 percent) of the city’s residents will be past retirement the age of 65, underlining the trend that Japan’s population is rapidly aging and will require increasing health care and financial support.
Japan’s birth rate has not been above 2 level since 1974.
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If the economies of developing countries continue growing, the international competitiveness of major companies in Tokyo will dive.” "We have never before seen a country of the size and importance of Japan face these kinds of demographic issues before, said Stephen Bronars, Ph. C., senior economist with labor and employment consultancy Welch Consulting.’s birth rate has fallen to half of what it was only six decades ago, Bloomberg reports, leading analysts to worry that a dwindling population will not only reduce the labor force, but place greater financial burdens on youths to take care of the costly health care needs of their rapidly aging parents and grandparents.Yuriko Koike, a member of Abe’s conservative, nationalist Liberal Democratic Party, warned that, as of 2012, the average fertility rate for Japanese women amounted to only 1.41 children, well below the replacement rate of 2.1 needed to sustain a stable population.(Currently, the elderly account for about one-fifth of Tokyo’s populace).The report -- compiled by city officials and academics for the Tokyo Metropolitan Government -- projects that by 2100, the city’s population will plunge to about 7.13 million from the 13.16 million recorded in 2010 (after reaching a peak of some 13.35 million in 2020).Pew found that 55 percent of all teens said they expressed their interest in others "IRL" -- in real life -- while 50 percent said they friended them on social media.