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Current Population Estimates as of October 1, 2002
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1 Population for Japan
(1) Total Population
- Total population was 127,435 thousand, comprising 62,252 thousand males and 65,183 thousand females; 2,930 thousand more females than males.
- Total population has increased by 145 thousand this past year. The rate of increase was 0.11 percent. Both population increase and the rate were the lowest in the postwar.
- The natural increase was 195 thousand, with a social decrease of 51 thousand.
(2) Population by Age Group
- The population aged 0 to 14 (Child population) was 18,102 thousand (14.2 percent of the total population).
- The population aged 15 to 64 (Productive-age population) was 85,706 thousand (67.3 percent).
- The population aged 65 and over (Aged population) was 23,628 thousand (18.5 percent).
- The decrease in population continued in ages 0 to 14 (down 182 thousand) and ages 15 to 64 (down 433 thousand), while the population of those aged 65 and over continued to increase (by 759 thousand).
2 Population for Prefectures
(1) Population by Prefectures
- Five prefectures had a population of seven million or more: Tokyo-to, Osaka-fu, Kanagawa-ken, Aichi-ken, and Saitama-ken. The top five prefectures made up over than one third of the total population.
(2) Rates of Population Change
- Okinawa-ken had the highest rate of increase in population. Population increased in 12 prefectures, the number was the lowest in the postwar.
- A decrease in population was seen in 35 prefectures including Akita-ken.
(3) Population by Age Group
- The percentage of the population aged 0 to 14 was highest in Okinawa-ken and lowest in Tokyo-to.
- The percentage of the population aged 15 to 64 was highest in Saitama-ken and lowest in Shimane-ken.
- The percentage of the population aged 65 and over was highest in Shimane-ken and lowest in Saitama-ken.
- A comparison of the population by age group with the previous year shows that the percentage of the population aged 0 to 14 has risen in Tokyo-to, and has not changed in Kanagawa-ken, Kyoto-fu and Osaka-fu, and has declined in the others ; that of the population aged 15 to 64 has declined in all prefectures, while that of the population aged 65 and over has risen in all prefectures.
- There were only two prefectures where the population aged 0 to 14 exceeded the population aged 65 and over (Okinawa-ken and Saitama-ken).