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Japan’s Population Falls by Record in 2012 as Births Decrease

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Jan. 1 (Bloomberg) -- Japan’s population last year declined by 212,000, the biggest drop on record, according to an estimate by the nation’s health ministry.

That’s the largest reduction since the ministry started recording the data in 1947 and a sixth straight year of declines. The number of births fell by 18,000 to a record low of 1.03 million last year, the ministry said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Masumi Suga in Tokyo at msuga@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Naoto Hosoda at nhosoda@bloomberg.net

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