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Japan’s native population declines at record rate as births plunge

  • During the 12 months leading up to October 1 2023, what was the average daily drop in Japan’s native population?

  • How many foreign nationals were living in Japan at the end of June 2023?

  • Describe the shape of Japan’s population pyramid and link two elements of the shape to demographic concerns

  • The article mentions “a package of measures aimed at encouraging families to produce more children by reducing medical, educational and other costs.” Suggest why this upgraded version of previous policies may not successfully reverse the long-term trend of fertility decline

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