Gap Fill - Children - Level 5


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There are the number of children in Japan since began. There were 170,000 fewer children in the year March 2018 than in the year. Japan's government issued a showing the falling numbers. According to the , the number of children aged 14 or under dropped for the 37th year. There was also a record of 12.3 per cent in the ratio of children to the population. This was the 44th year of decline in a row. This is the lowest among countries with a population of 40 million or more.

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has tried to address the country's birth rate. He introduced to encourage lower- families to have more children. However, these have had little . This is coupled with the that fewer Japanese people are getting married. Demographers say this is a " time-bomb". The number of annual in 2016 fell below one million for the time since records began in 1899. By 2050, Japan will have 23 per cent citizens. This means an aging society and a greatly reduced .

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