Japan sees its largest population drop ever recorded (VIDEO)

Published: January 2nd, 2013 at 10:11 pm ET


Title: Japan sees largest population drop in more than a century
Source: AJW by The Asahi Shimbun
Date: January 02, 2013

Japan sees largest population drop in more than a century

Japan’s population dropped to 127.47 million in 2012, marking the largest natural decline since statistics began in 1899, according to government estimates.

[…] the natural population decline, which is calculated by deducting the number of births from the number of deaths, hit a record 212,000 for 2012.

The number of births in 2012 was down 18,000 from the previous year, dropping to 1.033 million, the lowest number since 1899 […]


Published: January 2nd, 2013 at 10:11 pm ET


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15 comments to Japan sees its largest population drop ever recorded (VIDEO)

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    United States too.

    U.S. got fumigated.

    And for many, it'll be extermination.

    Radiation kills.

    No amount is safe.

  • Ontological Ontological

    "This is not a war, this is extermination." From: War of the Worlds.

  • pure water

    IMHO, Chernobyl lead to these results:
    Look carefully at the graph here!
    And Fukushima is worse, and still going on.

  • VyseLegendaire VyseLegendaire

    It's called debt deflation on the back of resource exploitation bell curve.

  • Max1 Max1

    My personal observation in Seattle is an uptick of Japanese.
    Nothing wrong with fleeing, if you can, an already bad situation.

    • Time Is Short Time Is Short

      Wouldn't the Pacific Northwest be a poor choice?

      Peru has a long history of Japanese emigration. Brazil, too.

  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    Japan, you ain't seen nothing yet. Biological systems like human beings cannot live long, nor live well, in a highly radioactive environment. In a generation, Japan will be reduced to the sick caring for the dying. A high price, indeed, for swallowing the lies of the nuclear industry! No need for evacuations. No need to bring lunch to school from home. Support by eating. Incinerate nuclear refuse. Restart nuclear reactors.

    A declining population brings with it a declining economy. Continual recession. Japan is toast. Like the lantern lights floating away on the tide. So sad.

    • ftlt

      """A declining population brings with it a declining economy"""

      Sorry, I see this as a positive, Phil… We need to live on less if we are going to survive as a species….

      Everything has to be downsized… We can't mine and produce everything for ever and ever – esp. given our abilities to do so these days …. And we can't own everything either – Sorry, Libertarians

      Bigger is not better… Less is more and all that – really does apply… Wish the USA would start reducing population… It may be the only good thing to come out of Fukushima…

      • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

        "Everything has to be downsized." ftlt

        I agree that use of resources should be scaled way back, and that we should design our future with "sustainability", rather then "growth", in mind. I was a part of the "back to the land" movement of the 1970's, and even owned a wood stove business. Renewable energy, wind and solar, rather then fossil fuel. Still are people back in my old neighborhood living this way. (But now the street is paved.)

        An economy can be designed. We don't have to live in an economy where scarcity is the assumption, and competition for resources is demanded. Jacque Fresco at The Venus Project has advocated that we redesign our society on scientific principles, where resources "belong" to all, and where automated systems produce entire cities, meeting the needs of everyone. In Fresco's world, everyone starts with food, clothing, shelter, education, healthcare, and transportation, and then develops their talents in directions they choose. I would like to live in a world that works this way.

        And now, back to the world of nuke greed, the super rich and the homeless, where everything is up for grabs, and only destruction is left in the wake.

      • Time Is Short Time Is Short

        "Bigger is not better… Less is more and all that – really does apply… Wish the USA would start reducing population… It may be the only good thing to come out of Fukushima…"

        So exterminating all life on this planet within a few generations – every last living species – is a 'good thing'.


  • Sickputer

    The thing to keep in mind is intermediate levels radiation sickness does not kill you quickly like a deadly flu strain or other quicker terminal diseases. It took 35 years of exposure to radiation before Marie Curie expired at age 66. Some in Japan will be tough like her, others will fade faster.

    It is unlikely barring a total burnout of all the remaining spent fuel rods at Daiichi that exposure levels will kill millions of Japanese in a short time frame. What is likely is the same fate awaits them as Madame Curie with a long agonizing illness until death for many victims. Over the next fifty years the population will shrink from higher death rates and emigration.

    Some acute victims in Japan will die swiftly, most will not. This is a tribute to the resilience of the human body to foreign poisons, but inevitably the vast majority of people will expire sooner than their recent ancestors.

    There is no magic strategy to defeat the toxic dust now found throughout Japan. Moving farther away from the epicenter will help. Seeking out safe food and water is going to become an art form for Japanese survival. We will all learn many valuable lessons in watching how the Japanese respond to this terrible invisible scourge.

    • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

      "terrible invisible scourge" is an apt description of what spending a lifetime exposed to the radiation contamination from Fuku will be like, Sickputer. Radiation will only shorten lives, rather than kill people outright. But many will die from diseases associated with radiation, than from diseases associated with old age. We humans bioaccumulate toxins, including radiotoxins, harboring them sometimes in our very bones. Human longevity on planet Earth has probably peaked as a direct result of Fuku. IMHO

  • ForwardAssist ForwardAssist

    The entire ecosystem of Japan has been damaged, the loss of life extends to the insect and animal kingdoms. What goes around, comes around.

  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    "In November, [2012] a maximum of 10 million becquerels were leaking from the No. 1 through No. 3 reactors per hour, only one-sixth the discharge rate in December 2011."

    Lest we begin to believe the TEP.gov myth that the contamination is not happening now.
    Lest we forget that the corium from Units1,2,&3 are still somehow "contained" within Buildings1,2,&3.

    IMO there are only two remaining issues at Fuku:
    1. Where are the coriums, TEPCO? Release a map that shows where they are, and how deep they are. What is your plan to create a Closed Loop Cooling System, that will limit the contamination of the Pacific Ocean from contaminated ground water that now flows over the corium and directly into the Pacific Ocean?
    2. Can the damaged spent fuel assemblies be removed from all of the Spent Fuel Pools (1–6 and common SFP) of Fukushima Diiachi? What will you do to clean up the fuel pellets that fall from damaged fuel assemblies onto the floors of spent fuel pools as damaged fuel assemblies are handled?
    These two issues relate to the future of human civilization on Earth. Everything else, including the fate, sadly, of the Japanese people, is secondary to these two over-riding issues. Thus far, TEPCO seems unwilling to confront either of these issues head on. Let's keep their feet to the fire on these issues in the New Year, ENEnewsers!