Global Economy

Japan’s population shrank by 244,000 last year.

According to the UN’s “medium-level” estimate, by 2050 East Asia’s population will decline by at least 30 million, and perhaps as much as 100 million if Chinese births decline more rapidly than expected. In eastern Europe, populations began to drop earlier and are falling faster. Meanwhile, populations in South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East are surging.

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