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Interest in populations is probably as old as government, but the scientific study of demographic events is of relatively recent origin. It was first developed in Europe. For a number of historical reasons, especially Japan's rapid industrialisation as of the mid nineteenth century, the ensuing population growth, and the advent of the hyperaged society in recent years, the Japanese population has become the object of intensive research. This is the introductory chapter of part 1 of the book and addresses the most fundamental demographic issues without presupposing much technical expertise. Makoto Atoh provides an overview of Japan's modern population history since the beginning of the twentieth century demonstrating how the population grew and how its structure changed. This introductory chapter also presents an overview of other chapters of part 1 of the book are organised.

Keywords: Japan's modern population history; Makoto Atoh

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