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The of children in Japan has fallen to its number since began. There were 170,000 fewer children in Japan at the of March 2018 than there were a year . Japan's Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications issued a on Friday showing the falling numbers of children. According to the statistics, the number of children aged 14 or under dropped for the 37th year. There was another record fall in the ratio of children to the overall Japanese . This dropped to a new record low of 12.3 per cent and was the 44th year of decline in a . This ratio is the lowest among countries in the world with a population of 40 million or .

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been trying to address the country's dwindling rate. He has introduced several to encourage lower-income families to have families. However, these measures seem to be having little . This is coupled with the fact that fewer Japanese people are getting married, which demographers say is a " time-bomb" for Japan. The number of births in 2016 fell below one million for the time since the government began collecting in 1899. Japanese predict that by 2050, Japan will have 23 per cent fewer citizens. This means a rapidly aging society and a greatly diminishing .

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