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Japan Could Become Extinct in 1,000 Years

Beset
by aging population and low birth rates, Japan is facing a slow-moving
crisis: researchers calculated that it could become extinct in 1,000 years!

Academics in the northern city of Sendai said that Japan’s population
of children aged up to 14, which now stands at 16.6 million, is shrinking
at the rate of one every 100 seconds.

Their extrapolations pointed to a Japan with no children left
within a millennium.

"If the rate of decline continues, we will be able to celebrate
the Children’s Day public holiday on May 5, 3011 as there will be one
child," said Hiroshi Yoshida, an economics professor at Tohoku
University.

"But 100 seconds later there will be no children left,"
he said. "The overall trend is towards extinction, which started
in 1975 when Japan’s fertility rate fell below two."

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May 12th, 2012

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