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New census figures in Japan show
the population has shrunk by nearly one
million in the past five years, in the first
decline registered since 1920.
As of October last year the country
has 127.1 million people, 0.7 per cent
fewer than in the last census.
Demographers have long predicted a
drop, citing Japan's falling birth rate and
a lack of immigration.
The rapidly ageing population has
contributed to a stagnating economy
and worries of increasing health costs.
Japan now has 947,000 fewer people
than when the last census was
conducted in 2010, figures released by
the internal affairs ministry show.
Only eight prefectures, including the
capital Tokyo, saw a population
increase, national broadcaster NHK.
reported. The remaining 39 all saw
declines, including Fukushima which
saw the largest drop of 115,000 people.
Fukushima, site of the doomed
nuclear power station, was hit
especially badly by the 2011 earthquake
Japan population shrinks by one million
A migrant receives a portion of food and water as
refugees and migrants line up during food
distribution at a relocation camp in Schisto, near
Athens, Greece, Thursday. REUTERS PHOTO
FOOD AND WATER
The Jamaica Labour Party
(JLP) has rebounded from a tur-
bulent four years to defy great
political odds and seize the win
in the nation s 17th general elec-
When the dust settled after
an incident-filled day, the JLP
secured more than 12 marginal
seats to move past the much-
needed 32 seats to form the next
The party secured 33 seats to
the People s National Party s
(PNP) 30, making it the second
one-term Government, after the
JLP s 2007-2011 stint.
Despite the cheers, JLP Leader
Andrew Holness soberly took the
stage at the party s Belmont Road,
New Kingston, headquarters after
the party he leads secured victory
in the polls.
"I want to thank God for this
victory and the people of Jamaica
for investing in me the oppor-
tunity," he declared.
"It has been a long journey."
Added Holness: "We have car-
ried a message and the people
of Jamaica accepted our message,
but this is not the end, it is just
Accompanied by his wife,
Carla, former JLP leader and
Prime Minister Edward Seaga,
who made a cameo appearance
in St Andrew West Central yes-
terday, after his first appearance
on a political platform in nine
years, only a week ago, returned
to the victory stage last night,
with his political protege.
Holness respectfully bowed to
seniority and allowed Seaga to
speak. In a witty presentation,
the former JLP leader, in turn,
paid tribute to Holness for what
he described as a hard-fought
Banking on its "Poverty to
Prosperity" campaign, the JLP
cashed in big last night, defeating
the People s National Party
(PNP), armed with its "Step Up
the Progress" mantra.
It was unadulterated jubilation
for a party that had been repeat-
edly tested and tried over a pro-
After surviving several lead-
ership scares over the period,
Holness, whose political career
careened uncontrollably on
numerous occasions since his
sudden ascension to the zenith
of political life, has finally silenced
In conceding defeat, PNP
President Simpson Miller com-
mended the JLP, but warned that
her party would not allow them
to wreck the economy.
"We have done our best. I
hope and pray that what we
achieved on behalf of this country
will not be ruined. I hope those
who succeed us will not throw
away the gains made by the Peo-
ple s National Party Govern-
ment," she said.
"We have regained the respect
of international governments and
the international community. The
fact is, we are not quarrelling
with anyone. This is Jamaica, and
we have a responsibility," Simp-
son Miller added.
Analysts immediately attrib-
uted the JLP win to Holness s
11th-hour 10-point plan and its
centrepiece income tax proposal,
as well as the refusal of the gov-
erning party to participate in
national political debates.
Ja goes green
...JLP prosperity message trumps ruling party
JLP leader Andrew Holness and his wife, Juliette,
who also won a seat, after casting their votes
yesterday. PHOTO: JLP FACEBOOK
Children of all ages in Iowa would be allowed
to use handguns with adult supervision under a
measure approved this week by legislators in the
state s Republican-controlled House.
The measure, approved 62-36 on Tuesday with
both Republican and Democratic support, would
change the current law that forbids anyone under
age 14 from using handguns.
Supporters say the bill is meant to bring the law
in line with existing law, which allows children to
use long guns only with adult supervision.
"It returns the power back to where it fully
belongs---back in the hands of parents to make
those decisions they are entitled to instead of the
government," State Rep Jake Highfill, a Republican,
said. Opponents questioned the lack of age limit
under the bill.
"We do not have handguns that I am aware of
that fit the hands of one-year-olds, two-year-olds,
three-year-olds, four-year-olds to operate hand-
guns," state Rep Kirsten Running-Marquardt, a
Democrat, told legislators during debate.
"We do not need a militia of toddlers," Marquardt
Iowa children allowed
to use handguns
WASHINGTON---Former Mexican President
Vicente Fox is making his position clear on Donald
Trump s pledge to make Mexico pay for a wall
along the US-Mexico border.
"I m not going to pay for that f---ing wall. He
should pay for it," Fox told Fusion s Jorge Ramos
in an interview published Thursday. Trump quickly
responded on Twitter. "FMR PRES of Mexico,
Vicente Fox horribly used the F word when dis-
cussing the wall. He must apologise! If I did that
there would be a uproar!" he tweeted. (CNN)
Ex-pres Fox: 'I'm not going
to pay for that f---ing wall'
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