Japan: Lowest birth rate in 30 years

Tokyo – Japanese births are on pace for the steepest drop in three decades despite earlier hopes that couples would ring in the new Imperial era with an addition to the family.

The number of Japanese babies born in the country is expected to reach 870,000 to 880,000 this year — about 200,000 less than a decade ago and the lowest on record since 1899. (Nikkei)