According to CNN, the number of children in Japan has consecutively declined in the previous years, a sign [complement clause] the country's attempts to offset the country's severely ageing population are failing.
In 2018, there were 15.50 million children under the age of 14 in Japan, down 170,000 from the previous year, continuing a downward slide which started in 1981 [object relative clause].
The largest segment was also the oldest, with 3.26 million 12 to 14-year-olds, [Adverbial subordinate clause] suggesting [complement clause]the downward trend isn't going to end any time soon. [Adverbial subordinate clause] Despite attempts by the Shinzo Abe government to encourage Japanese to have more children, only Tokyo reported more children compared to the previous year.
Japan's total population currently stands at 126 million. Children made up just 12.3% of that figure, compared to 18.9% for the US, 16.8% for China, and 30.8% for India.
According to the Japan Times, the government has been aiming to boost Japan's total fertility rate - the average number of children each woman has in her lifetime - 1.8 by the end of 2025 from 1.45 in 2015.