population problems

Japan's Births Fall to Record Low

The Japanese may be dominating the world economy, but they're slacking in the procreation department. In 2012, the number of babies born fell to a record low of 1.03 million, according to the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry. The total fertility level is currently at 1.41, but to maintain Japan's population at a stable level, the rate needs to be 2.0 children per women. The natural population decline also exceeded the number of births for the sixth year in row.