Monday, July 11, 2016

"As Japan's population shrinks, bears and boars roam where schools and shrines once thrived"


Now, the country has begun a white-knuckle ride in which it will shed about one-third of its population — 40 million people — by 2060, experts predict. In 30 years, 39% of Japan’s population will be 65 or older.


Each year, the nation is shuttering 500 schools.


foreigners still make up just 1.7% of the population, and that figure includes tens of thousands of ethnic Koreans who were born and raised in Japan but are not full Japanese citizens.