Fewer than 900,000 new Japanese babies this year for first time on record

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Fewer than 900,000 new Japanese babies this year for first time on record

TOKYO – The number of babies born in Japan fell an estimated 5.9% this year to fewer than 900,000 for the first time since the government started compiling data in 1899, the welfare ministry said on Tuesday.

The dwindling number of births will put more strain welfare finances to support snowballing costs of supporting an aging population, which would undermine economic growth, analysts say.

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