, Volume 4, Issue 3, pp 191–198 | Cite as

The population trend and the population problems in recent Japan

  • Kawabe H. 


All data obtained from vital statistics and the fertility survey indicate that the population of Japan will have a heavy burden of increasing old ages in the near future, because the attitude toward the number of children among Japanese women is to have fewer children (but not to have no children) and because it is anticipated that this attitude will not last for a good number of years in the future. This is one of issues discussed in recent Japan as population problems in the “Aging Society”.

Another issue is population problems in the “High Density Society”. This issue is discussed in relation to unbalanced land utilization, air and water pollution, destruction of village life etc., brought about by the over-congestion in the metropolitan areas areas and depopulation in rural areas.

One of the aims involved in the regional development plan of Japan is to solve the problems occured by the uneven distribution of population. The Third Comprehensive National Development Plan published in 1977 states that the central aim of this plan is to undertake the reorganization of population distribution by the development of attractive local cities, towns and villages where enough educational and employment opportunities are provided to make a best use of the desirable characteristics of the region, maintaining the present profitable feature of the areas and comfortable living conditions for people.


Development Plan Employment Opportunity Vital Statistic Uneven Distribution Japanese Woman 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kawabe H. 
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  1. 1.Institute of Population ProblemsMinistry of Health and WelfareChiyoda-ku, TokyoJapan

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