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Japan's population declined by a record 244,000 people in 2013, according to health ministry estimates.
The ministry said an estimated 1,031,000 babies were born last year - down some 6,000 from the previous year.
Meanwhile, the number of people that died last year was 1,275,000 - a rise of around 19,000 from 2012.
Japan's population has been shrinking for several years now. If current trends persist it will lose a third of its population in the next 50 years.
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