The current population will shrink from the current level of 128 million to 86.74 million, as the graying nation’s aging accelerates and the birthrate continues to stay low.
Stay low? It’s going to get lower:
The fertility rate, which is currently at 1.39 per woman, will continue to fall, says the institute. The rate by 2060 is expected to fall to 1.35 in 2060. The country’s population decline would slow if the birth rate rose to 2.07.
Ah, but they’ll have robots to pick up the slack. In fact, if they keep it up, they’ll have an all-robot society before too long. Wonderfully efficient, and the environmentalists will be pleased.