Story in graphs


For data on how Japan might cope with its shrinking population see posting dated 4 December 2015 Robots and foreigners rise to the rescue as women marry later.

Japanese population projections are a matter of great political sensitivity. Whenever government is presented with best- and worst-case scenarios it will put forward that showing the least shrinkage.

Population clock (somewhat optimistic version, based on 1,000 years to depopulation)

Population growth rates

Population past and future 1880-2100

The shape-shifting population pyramid to 2060

The shape-shifting population pyramid to 2050

Time series population estimates

Financial sector

Japan’s consolidating banking sector: How eighteen became five 1995-2011

Japan’s shrinking insurance sector: How the many became the few 1997-2011

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