英語で読む: No Japan in 1000 years?

From The Age
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Population clock shows Japan faces extinction in 1000 years

[…] Academics in […] Sendai said that Japan’s population of children aged up to 14 […] is shrinking at the rate of one every 100 seconds. Their extrapolations pointed to a Japan with no children left within a millennium.

“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,” said Hiroshi Yoshida, an economics professor at Tohoku University. “But 100 seconds later there will be no children left,” he said. “The overall trend is towards extinction, which started in 1975 when Japan’s fertility rate fell below two.”

Homework
After reading the text, think of the questions below and write an answer to ONE of them (5-10 sentences):
1. Are you worried when you hear such news? Why? Why not?
2. How many children are in the biggest family that you know? Can you say / write something about this family? (e.g. how many children are there, where do they live, how big is their house)
3. Make your own sentences with the words written in bold.

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