Japanese could become extinct in 1,000 years if current population trends continue, according to researchers. Researchers at Tohoku University Graduate School of Economics in Sendai unveiled a population clock — available on the university's website — that showed the nation ending up with no children aged under 15 by May 18, 3011.
The calculation is based on the fact that the current population of children aged up to 14 — 16.6 million — is shrinking at the rate of one every 100 seconds, Agence France-Presse reported. The researchers reportedly did not take into account potential disasters, wars, or other global changes. "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," AFP cited Hiroshi Yoshida, an economics professor at Tohoku University, as saying. "But 100 seconds later there will be no children left. The overall trend is towards extinction, which started in 1975 when Japan's fertility rate fell below two."