Government stats confirm that the population in Japan is contracting. This was reported by Internet World Stats several months ago. You can see that the 2011 population figure of 126,475,664 for Japan expected to decrease to 93,673,826 by the year 2050.
Government projections show the birth rate will hit just 1.35 children per woman within 50 years, well below the replacement rate. Academics have created a population clock to highlight the population fall and encourage public debate on the issue.
Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2012/05/11/lack-babies-could-mean-extinction-japanese-people/?cmpid=GoogleNewsEditorsPicks&google_editors_picks=true#ixzz1uk2fIiyC
Sometimes its good to know how the Internet World Stats are being used. Here is a good example of a blog from Africa by our friend Michael Ouma, a Journalist from Kenya.
Of course other people and other companies are also doing excellent Internet market research in Africa. For example, Google has been working with UK market research firm Basis Research Ltd. the last two years to understand behaviors and attitudes regarding the Internet in Africa.
They interviewed over 13,000 people in six cities of Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa and Uganda – to find out how and why people use the internet, what prevents non-users from coming online, and much more. The results are available at InsightsAfrica (www.insightsafrica.com)
It was Marshall McLuhan the man who coined the term “Global Village” in the early 1950s. Today, the term is a noun in most dictionaries and it refers to the shrinking world, home to all nations and peoples living interdependently.