An amateur sumo wrestler holds a baby during a baby crying contest at a temple in Tokyo in 2018. The annual number of births in Japan is projected to fall to 740,000 by 2040. Photo: Reuters
An amateur sumo wrestler holds a baby during a baby crying contest at a temple in Tokyo in 2018. The annual number of births in Japan is projected to fall to 740,000 by 2040. Photo: Reuters
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Japan births hit ‘critical’ new low – sapping national strength, experts caution

  • The number of births has been falling since 1973, when it peaked at about 2.1 million. Fewer than 600,000 Japanese were born in January-September
  • A government-commissioned panel last week cited the low birth rate and falling population as factors that threaten to erode Japan’s national strength

An amateur sumo wrestler holds a baby during a baby crying contest at a temple in Tokyo in 2018. The annual number of births in Japan is projected to fall to 740,000 by 2040. Photo: Reuters
An amateur sumo wrestler holds a baby during a baby crying contest at a temple in Tokyo in 2018. The annual number of births in Japan is projected to fall to 740,000 by 2040. Photo: Reuters
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