Japan's population growth in 2010 was its slowest on record, according to the results of a national census, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry said Thursday.
The census showed that Japan's total population stood at 128,057,352 as of Oct 1, 2010 – a drop of .3% (or 371,000 people when non-Japanese are excluded), marking the lowest decline since the census started in 1920, the ministry said on its website. The national census is held every five years.
The census did not include foreign residents whose numbers increased by about 5.9% (or 93,000), the ministry said. The census began distinguishing between Japanese natives and non-Japanese in 1970. If foreigners are included, the total population shows a rise of about .2%, the ministry said.
The country's population continues to age, the census shows, with about 23% of the population aged 65 or over.© Japan Today