Senior Japanese woman with an umbrella on Taketomi Island, Japan. Photo: Eric Lafforgue/Art In All Of Us/Corbis via Getty Images.

Government statistics show Japan experienced its largest natural population decline ever in 2018, CNN reports, with a record-low birthrate and deaths hitting a post-war record high.

The big picture: "Japan is a 'super-aged' nation, meaning more than 20% of its population is older than 65. The country's total population stands at 124 million this year — but by 2065 it is expected to have dropped to about 88 million."

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Politics: Ex-FDA chief: Pence campaigning after COVID exposure puts others at risk — Mark Meadows: "We are not going to control the pandemic" — COVID-19 looms over White House Halloween celebrations.
  2. Health: Fauci says maybe we should mandate masks if people don't wear them — America was sick well before it ever got COVID-19U.S. reports over 80,000 new cases for 2nd straight day.
  3. World: Spain declares new state of emergency — Polish President Andrzej Duda tests positive for COVID-19.

Senate advances Amy Coney Barrett nomination, setting up final confirmation vote

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The Senate voted 51-48 on Sunday to advance the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett, setting up a final confirmation vote for Monday.

Why it matters: It's now virtually inevitable that the Senate will vote to confirm President Trump's third Supreme Court nominee before the election, which is just nine days away.

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Wall Street is living up to its bad reputation

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Recent headlines will have you convinced that Wall Street is hell-bent on living up to all of its stereotypes.

Driving the news: Goldman Sachs is the biggest and the boldest, paying more than $5 billion in fines in the wake of the 1MDB scandal, in which billions were stolen from the people of Malaysia.

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