(NPR) Japan's birthrate has dropped to a historic level, the lowest since data gathering began in 1899.
That's what The Japan Times has reported, citing government figures released Friday.
For years, Japan has seen a decline in its population, leading experts and lawmakers to consider the economic and social repercussions.
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And on Friday, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare estimated that 921,000 babies will be born by the end of 2018 — 25,000 fewer than in the previous