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    Japan's Births Fall to Record Low

    UNDISCLOSED, GERMANY - AUGUST 12:  A 4-day-old newborn baby, who has been placed among empty baby beds by the photographer, lies in a baby bed in the maternity ward of a hospital (a spokesperson for the hospital asked that the hospital not be named) on August 12, 2011 in a city in the east German state of Brandenburg, Germany. According to data released by Eurostat last week Germany, with 8.3 births per 1,000 people, has the lowest birth rate in all of Europe. Eastern Germany, which not only suffers from a low birth rate, also has a declining population due to young people moving away because of high unemployment in the region. Europe as a whole suffers from a low birth rate and a growing elderly population.  (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

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    The Japanese may be dominating the world economy, but they're slacking in the procreation department. In 2012, the number of babies born fell to a record low of 1.03 million, according to the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry. The total fertility level is currently at 1.41, but to maintain Japan's population at a stable level, the rate needs to be 2.0 children per women. The natural population decline also exceeded the number of births for the sixth year in row.

    Read it at The Japan News