Japan faces ’extinction’ in 1,000 years 


Japanese researchers on Friday unveiled a population clock that showed the nation’s people could become extinct in 1,000 years because of declining birth rates.


Academics in the northern city of Sendai said that Japan’s population of children aged up to 14, which now stands at 16.6 million, is shrinking at the rate of one every 100 seconds.


Their extrapolations pointed to a Japan with no children left within a millennium.


"If the rate of decline continues, we will be able to celebrate the Children’s Day public holiday on May 5, 3011 as there will be one child," said Hiroshi Yoshida, an economics professor at Tohoku University.


"But 100 seconds later there will be no children left," he said. "The overall trend is towards extinction, which started in 1975 when Japan’s fertility rate fell below two."


Yoshida said he created the population clock to encourage "urgent" discussion of the issue.


Another study released earlier this year showed Japan’s population is expected to shrink to a third of its current 127.7 million over the next century.



population clock:名詞,人口時鐘。

academic:名詞,學者;大學教師。它的複數academics有兩個意思,一為「學者;教師」,另一為「學科;學術課程」。當形容詞用的academic比名詞要來得常用許多,意為「大學的,學院的;學術的,學術性的;善於學習的」。例句:This school is the largest academic institution in Taiwan.(這所學校是台灣最大的學術機構。)

extrapolation:名詞,推斷。動詞為extrapolate。例句:One can extrapolate the size of the building from the measurements of an average room.(從一間屋子的量度可以推斷出整座建築物的大小。)

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