Japan births at new low as population shrinks and ages


              FILE - Women carry their children on their bicycles as they ride through an intersection near a sporting arena planned to be used during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo on June 24, 2021. The number of babies born in Japan in 2022 is below last year’s record low in what the the top government spokesman described as a “critical situation.” (AP Photo/Hiro Komae, File)
            
              Children play in the water to cool off at a park in Yokohama, near Tokyo, Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020. The number of babies born in Japan in 2022 is below last year’s record low in what the the top government spokesman described as a “critical situation.” (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)