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Population Estimates

Current Population Estimates as of October 1, 2003

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Population Pyramid

Population Pyramid

 Summary of Results - Current Population Estimates as of October 1, 2003

1 Population for Japan

(1) Total Population

  • Total population was 127,619 thousand, comprising 62,304 thousand males and 65,315 thousand females; 3,011 thousand more females than males.
  • Total population has increased by 184 thousand this past year. The rate of increase was 0.14 percent.
  • The natural increase was 116 thousand, with a social increase of 68 thousand.

(2) Population by Age Group

  • The population aged 0 to 14 (Child population) was 17,905 thousand (14.0 percent of the total population).
  • The population aged 15 to 64 (Productive-age population) was 85,404 thousand (66.9 percent).
  • The population aged 65 and over (Aged population) was 24,311 thousand (19.0 percent).
  • The decrease in population continued in ages 0 to 14 (down 197 thousand) and ages 15 to 64 (down 302 thousand), while the population of those aged 65 and over continued to increase (by 683 thousand).

Composition of Population(as of October1,2003)/Number and Rate of Population Increase

2 Population for Prefectures

(1) Population by Prefectures

  • Six prefectures had a population of six million or more: Tokyo-to, Osaka-fu, Kanagawa-ken, Aichi-ken, Saitama-ken, and Chiba-ken. The top six prefectures made up about 40 percent of the total population.

(2) Rates of Population Change

  • Okinawa-ken had the highest rate of increase in population. Population increased in 19 prefectures.
  • A decrease in population was seen in 28 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 not changed in Tokyo-to, Kanagawa-ken, and Aichi-ken, and has declined in the others ; that of the population aged 15 to 64 has not changed in Yamagata-ken and Tottori-ken, and has declined in others, while that of the population aged 65 and over has risen in all prefectures.
  • There was only one prefecture where the population aged 0 to 14 exceeded the population aged 65 and over (Okinawa-ken).

Population for Prefectures/Rates of Population Change

Percentage of Population by Age(3 Groups) for Prefectures/Rates of Population Change

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