Japan and its immigration policies are growing old

Japan and its immigration policies are growing old

7 June 2016

Author: Ito Peng, University of Toronto

Japan is experiencing a serious demographic crunch. About 27 per cent of the Japanese population is over the age of 65 and there are 1.4 million fewer people today than there were in 2007, when the total population peaked at 128 million. Prospects for the future do not look good either. By 2037 those aged 65 and older will make up 38 per cent of the total population and the country will likely have lost another 18 million people. The working-age population is predicted to plummet to 44 million by 2037, nearly half of its size in 2007. These demographic changes will undoubtedly have far-reaching social and economic consequences for the country.

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