Can China and Japan reverse their birth decline?
The social norm of small or no families has become deeply entrenched.
Tokyo’s 2020 peak
The 2020 Summer Olympics will mark the start of Tokyo's rapid population decline.
Japan - Where did the children go?
The number of Japanese under the age of 15 has hit (another) record low.
World’s Oldest Man Turns 116
Ten days ago on the 19th of April, the world’s oldest person celebrated his 116th birthday in Kyoto, Japan, becoming the oldest person ever (well at least that we know of!). He was born all the way back in 1897. Will we rush to study his diet, exercise regime and skincare products?
Japanese politician suggests banning abortion to increase birthrates
It is common knowledge that Japan is in more economic trouble than most as a result of its low birth rate, and it seems that Japanese politicians are taking the situation increasingly seriously. One Japanese politician has come up with a fairly commonsensible plan to increase the country’s ailing birth rate – ban abortions.
Is Japan’s Population Decline Worse than Previously Thought?
Some dodgy population statistics from Japan.
Hey! Old People! Stop being a burden on the rest of us!
The Japanese finance minister has decided that his party doesn't need the elderly vote.
Waitangi Day and Japan
Happy Waitangi Day! And what does the future hold for Japan?
Japan’s Future Prospect
Japan's demographic future is examined and an answer is proposed: robots.
Our Expanding Population
A report highlights the link between global obesity and pressures on food security.
Japanese Earthquakes - Natural and Demographic
The effect of last year's earthquake is exacerbating Japan's economic problems that demography is causing.
Is Japan a glimpse of Europe’s future?
Economists are looking to Japan for indicators about the future of Europe.
The US Economy – Bullishness based on babies
Reasons for optimism about the US economy.
Japan’s Earthquake and the Politics of Demography
Japan is scaling back its child-subsidy program after the March earthquake and tsunami.
Japan’s new government seeks to boost birth rate
Japan's new government, led by the Democratic Party of Japan, seems to
be taking its population problem seriously. The world's number two
economy is set to shrink from about 127 million to 95 million by 2050.
This means that the number of workers available to support retirees
will fall from 3 to 1.5. Because Japanese are notoriously hostile
towards increased immigration, the government's options are limited. It
is racking its brains for schemes to increase the birth rate. Here are
some mentioned in an article by AFP:
Japan slowly cruising into financial shipwreck
Is Japan headed for financial meltdown because of decades of below
replacement-level birth rates? Ambrose Evans-Pritchard says that doom
is nigh in a recent column in the London Sunday Telegraph. He quotes a number of economists
Japan’s demographic collapse
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