【News】 Population of women in their 30s increasing at 40 percent of “depopulated municipalities” in Japan (April 5, 2017)


A number of women in their 30s living at local municipalities designated as “depopulated municipalities” has been increasing, Research Institute for Sustainable Community, based at Masuda City, Shimane Prefecture, finds in its latest study.

According to the study of the Research Institute, the population of the young generation also tends to grow even at local municipalities in mountainous areas as well as outer islands located especially in a western part of Japan.

The Institute has made a study of population movements at 794 designated “depopulated municipalities” in Japan on the basis of national censuses conducted in 2010 and 2015.

Among these depopulated municipalities, a number of female residents aged 30 to 39 as of 2015 increased by more than 5 percent over a number of female residents aged 25 to 34 as of 2010 at 116 municipalities.

Depopulated municipalities recording an increase rate from 0 to 5 percent of this woman’s generation accounted 209 municipalities.

The Institute has found that the population of women aged in their 30s increased at these 325 municipalities, occupying more than 40 percent of the total 794 municipalities designated as “depopulated municipalities” in the country.

At the Toshima village in Kagoshima prefecture, the number of female residents aged in their 30s recorded the biggest increase of 129.4 percent during the period of 2010 to 2015 in Japan, followed by Ama town in Shimane prefecture (47.4 percent up), Kita-aiki village in Nagano prefecture (37.5 percent up) and Mihara village in Kochi prefecture (24.4 percent), that are all located in mountainous regions.

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