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Friday, 11th May 2012
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Japanese to become theoretically extinct in 1,000 years

Japan's population could become 'extinct' within 1,000 years if the birth rate does not increase.

According to researchers, the population is in decline at such a rate, that the nation's people could theoretically die out within a millennium.

Researchers from Sendai found that the country's population of children under the age of 14 is shrinking at a rate of one every 100 seconds.

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

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

At the same time as the birth rate is dropping, the Japanese population is also ageing thanks to the fact that people are living for longer than ever before.

In fact, government research published in April indicated that nearly a quarter (23.3 per cent) of the population is aged over 65, while just 13.1 per cent is under the age of 14.

Written by Mark Smith