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Japan suffered record population drop in 2018

Elderly Japanese woman with an umbrella
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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