JAPAN - Population Drops by 800,000

Arno Froese

Every one of Japan’s 47 prefectures posted a population drop in 2022, while the total number of Japanese people fell by nearly 800,000. The figures released by the Japan’s internal affairs ministry mark two new unwelcome records for a nation sailing into uncharted demographic territory, but on a course many other countries are set to follow.

Even an all-time high increase in foreign residents of more than 10%, to 2.99 million, couldn’t halt a slide in the total population, which has declined for 14 years in a row to 122.42 million in 2022.

On 1 April, the new Children and Families Agency was launched, bringing all related issues, including the birthrate, under one entity. The government has also pledged to double spending on childcare and allowances to 4% of GDP, but childcare and education subsidies implemented in the past have made little impact on the birthrate.

The average fertility rate for the OECD group of wealthy nations is 1.66, well below the replacement rate of 2.1 required to maintain population numbers.

Nearby Taiwan is just below Japan with 1.24 baby per woman, while neighboring South Korea has the world’s lowest rate at just 0.78.

-www.theguardian.com, 26 July 2023

Arno's Commentary

Wikipedia writes: “Population growth is the increase in the number of people in a population or dispersed group. Actual global human population growth amounts to around 83 million annually, or 1.1% per year. The global population has grown from 1 billion in 1800 to 7.9 billion in 2020.”

Figures don’t lie, but quite naturally, alarmists do. Why? Because they are blind to the ramifications for the future. Regarding the future of planet earth, Genesis 8:22 proclaims: “While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter,
and day and night shall not cease.” This stands in opposition to all the declarations of “save the world, save our oceans, save the climate, etc.”

The ultimate reason for the decline in population is the economic success of industrialized nations such as Japan. Second Timothy 3:2-5 lists the motive of life in the end times: “For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.”

Interestingly, 18 characteristics are listed about end-time Christianity: three times six, or 666.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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