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Research shows that more than 40% of Japanese municipalities are at risk of disappearing

More than 40% of Japan’s municipalities could eventually disappear due to a sharp population decline due to a chronically low birth rate, according to a study by a private group of experts.

The study was released Wednesday by the Population Strategy Council (PSC) believes that local councils that are likely to see their population of women aged 20 to 39 – the core of the childbearing age group – halve between 2020 and 2050 are at risk on to disappear.

Of the 1,729 local municipalities across the country, the study identified 744 municipalities with such a risk.