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Japan's Births Fall to Record Low

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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.