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Population Census 

Summary of First Basic Complete Tabulation Results

Population of Japan

  According to the 1995 Population Census taken as of 1 October 1995, the final count of the population of Japan turned out to be 125,570,246, which was an increase by 1,959,079 or 1.6% compared with 1990. 
  The rate of population increase has been decreasing since 1980, and the increase rate of 1990-95 was the lowest since the end of World War II. Saitama prefecture marked the highest rate (5.5%), followed by Shiga prefecture (5.3%), Chiba prefecture (4.4%), Okinawa prefecture (4.2%), Nara prefecture (4.0%). 17 prefectures showed increase rates above the average rate for the whole country.
  A decrease in population was seen in 13 prefectures, of which, Shimane prefecture and Nagasaki prefecture marked the highest rate of population decrease (1.2% for both).                                        
  The male population was 61,574,398, which was 2,421,450 less than the female population, 63,995,848.

Population by Three Age Groups

  The percentage of the population aged under 15 years was 15.9%, while that of 15 to 64 years was 69.4% and that of 65 years and over 14.5%.         

  In 22 prefectures, the aged population exceeded the population under 15 years.
  The percentage of the aged population in the prefecture's total exceeded 20% in Shimane prefecture (21.7%) and Kochi prefecture (20.6%).               

  In all prefectures, the percentage of the aged population increased, while that of the population under 15 years decreased.

Population by Marital Status

  The percentage of the never married population was 32.1% for male and 24.0% for female, both of which were higher than those for 1990.
  The percentage of the never married for the age group of 25 to 29 years was the highest ever since the first Population Census of 1920, both for male (66.9%) and for female (48.0%). Tokyo marked the highest both for male (75.8%) and for female (59.4%).

Household Structure

  The number of private households was 43,899,923, 7.9% more than that for 1990.
  The average size of private households was 2.82 persons, showing a decreasing trend.
  The number of one-person households was 11,239,389, 19.7% more than that for 1990.
  The percentage of one-person households in the prefecture's total population was the highest  for Tokyo (16.0%), followed by Hokkaido prefecture, Kanagawa prefecture, Kyoto prefecture and Kagoshima prefecture (10.6% for all), etc.
  The number of households comprising only one person aged 65 years and over was 2,202,160, 35.6% more than that for 1990, accounting for 12.1% in the aged population. Among them, male was 460,159, accounting for 6.1% of the male aged population, while female was 1,742,001 or 16.2% of the female aged population. 
  For the percentage of one-person households in the aged population of the prefecture,  Kagoshima prefecture marked the highest (21.5%), followed by Osaka prefecture (17.5%), Tokyo (17.3%), Kochi prefecture (17.2%), Miyazaki prefecture (15.5%), etc.

Institutional Households

  The number of institutional household members1) was 1,793,829, 3.0% more than that for 1990. Among them, inmates of social institutions2) was 524,527, of which 325,813 persons were 65 years and over.
  1) Students in school dormitories, inpatients of hospitals, inmates of social institutions, persons in camps of Self-Defence Forces, inmates of reformatory institutions, etc.
  2) Inmates of a social institution such as aged people's homes, homes for children, etc.

Table 1. Principal figures for the whole country : 1990 and 1995(Excel:14KB)

Table 2. Population by age (single year) and sex : 1995(Excel:16KB)


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