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Population Estimates

Current Population Estimates as of October 1, 2007

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Population Pyramid

Population Pyramid

 Summary of Results - Current Population Estimates as of October 1, 2007

Population for Japan

[Total Population]

  • Total population was 127,771 thousand, and has increased by 1 thousand this past year. The rate of increase was 0.00 percent. Both population change and the rate were broadly flat.
  • Male was 62,310 thousand and female was 65,461 thousand. Male was decreasing for three years. Female was increasing continuously.
  • The natural change was a decrease of 2 thousand, and it became a decrease for the first time since 1950. The migration change was an increase of 4 thousand.

Table 1 Composition of Population (as of October 1, 2007)

Figure 1 Number and Rate of Population change

[Population by Age Group]

  • The population aged 0 to 14 (Child population) was 17,293 thousand (13.5 percent, the record-low rate, of the total population; decreasing of 0.1 point from the previous year).
  • The population aged 15 to 64 (Productive-age population) was 83,015 thousand (65.0 percent of the total population; decreasing of 0.5 point from the previous year).
  • The population aged 65 and over (Aged population) was 27,464 thousand (21.5 percent, the record-high rate, of the total population; increasing of 0.7 point from the previous year).

Population for Prefectures

[Population by Prefectures]

  • Top five prefectures were Tokyo, Kanagawa, Osaka, Aichi and Saitama. These prefectures made up about 35.1 percent of the total population.
  • Tokyo had the largest population, and the percentage was 10.0% of the total population for the first time in 28 years.

[Rates of Population Change]

  • An increase in Population was seen in 10 prefectures, of which the widths of increase had expanded in 4 prefectures of Tokyo area (Tokyo, Kanagawa, Saitama and Chiba). Tokyo had the highest rate of increase in population.
  • A decrease in population was seen in 37 prefectures, of which the widths of decrease had expanded in 25 prefectures. Akita had the highest rate of decrease in population.

Table 2 Population for Prefectures/Table 3 Rates of Population Change for Prefectures

Figure 3 Rates of Population Change

[Population by Age Group]

  • The percentage of the Child population was highest in Okinawa and lowest in Tokyo and rose in only Tokyo from the previous year.
  • The percentage of the Productive-age population was highest in Tokyo and declined in all prefectures from the previous year.
  • The percentage of the Aged population was highest in Shimane and rose in all prefectures.
  • The percentage of the Aged population exceeded the percentage of the Child population in all prefectures except for Okinawa.
  • The percentage of 75 years old and over exceeded the percentage of the Child population in 6 prefectures (Akita, Yamagata, Shimane, Yamaguchi, Tokushima and Kochi).

Table 4 Percentage of Population by Age (3 Groups) for Prefectures

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