Japan's sex problem could cause the population to fall by 40 million by 2065
Japan's fertility problem hit a new low last year: 2016 was the first year since 1899 that fewer than one million babies were born in the country. New data suggests the trend isn't poised to let up anytime soon. Japan's National Institute of Population and Social Security Research predicts that the country's current population of 127 million will decline by nearly 40 million by 2065. Demographic experts point to younger generations' waning interest (and ability) to start families, along with low immigration rates, as the primary causes of the decline.