Japan's population in 2014 marked its steepest decline ever, according to figures released by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications.
The ministry said that as of Jan 1, 2015, Japan's population was 126,163,576, a decrease of 266,757 from a year earlier, and the sixth straight year of decline, Fuji TV reported Thursday.
Ministry officials said the number of births from the second wave of baby boomers, now in their 40s, is also continuing to drop to record lows. Overall, there were 1,003,554 births, and 1,270,311 deaths.
The figures show that for the first time ever, the number of individuals 65 years and older is approximately twice that of children under 15.
The ministry used the resident registry system to compile its report.© Japan Today