Japan's population fell by a record 268,000 people last year, new data show, with preliminary figures showing just more than 1 million births in 2014.

The figures released by the country's health ministry showed that the estimated number of people who died in 2014 was 1,269,000, about 1,000 above the previous year. The number of births was 1,001,000, down about 29,000 from 2013. The total population declined by a record 268,000.

Hiroo Onoda, a Japanese intelligence officer who for 29 years after the end of World War II continued to hide, fight and kill in the jungles of the Philippines because he did not believe the war was over, has died.

Japan's Asahi Shimbun says Onoda died Thursday in a Tokyo hospital where he was being treated for pneumonia. He was 91. The newspaper sums up the story of Onoda's post-war years this way:

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Each week on World Music, we not only hear great sounds and songs from around the world, but I share a little news about the many interesting festivals that are taking place this week as well. Read on to learn about an one of Japan's most celebrated stories, "pole dancing" in Guatemala, and a controversial practice in India.

GISHI-SAI: The 47 Ronin

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There’s an act coming to San Antonio that can’t be beat -- The Yamato Drummers. Arts San Antonio is bringing them to the Lila Cockrell this Sunday. The  group use ancient Taiko drums, but in very untraditional ways. Gen Hidaka talks about how their performance varies from tradition.

"It’s really original, it’s really modern and it’s really dynamic music," Hidaka said. "And people also consider that it’s really entertaining. We also sometimes sing. It’s not only about music it could be like martial arts. It’s like boxing."