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Number of children dwindling except in Okinawa

Date Posted: 2003-05-10

The number of children is at all time low in Japan, according to government statistics released last week. Nationwide, the number of children under 20 is 18.01 million, the lowest number in 22 years since the government started compiling the statistics. The number is 170,000 less than a year ago.

Okinawa is the exception to the trend. While 14.1 percent of the population nationwide are children, 19.3 percent of Okinawa's population is under 20 years of age.

The numbers also show that the largest numbers of children are 12 to 14 years of age. The lowest are children of under two years of age. The numbers suggest that the trend is for Japanese couples to have fewer and fewer children in the future.

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