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No. of newborns in Japan falls to lowest on record in 2019

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No. of newborns in Japan falls to lowest in 2019

Perhaps “... falls to lowest on record” might be clearer.

Moderator: Fair enough.

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Why would people want to have children in the economical death bed the LPD have put Japan in. Add all the social/family expectations and vertical non existent support system which often adds fuel to the fire and shock horror we have the lowest birth rate on record. Japan needs to rethink many thing or die a slow painful death.

Pride come before the fall.

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We are escaping back to Australia to have and raise our corona baby...

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Japan is going to have to either start reproducing or importing foreigners (Young ones too!) to come to Japan and become Japanese citizens. Like it or not, Japan may lose its special uniqueness and become an Asian melting pot.

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Yet, Japan has 126 million people, far greater than majority of Asian/Southeast Asian nations, and in land space that's a fraction of the United States which has like 380 million people.

Again, what's the concern?

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Again, what's the concern?

A hoard of old people that can't work and need constant care and too few young people to take care of them. Plus the fact that the above scenario is not generator of wealth but merely a drain of it. Also the pension system is imploding. It would help if the birthrate was at least at a level to maintain the current population but its not. The population is falling and the rate seems bound to increase.

I always hear of economic cures for this the government could employ, but I think the core of the problem is actually social. Economic hardship is not preventing poor people around the world from breeding like rabbits. Its not just the birthrate, the marriage rate is also dropping and those who marry tend to do so late. I suspect even dating rates are low. I believe this is all the result of foolishly trying to combine American social and sexual morality ideas combined with the Japanese propensity to busy-work the hell out of students and employees. Even if a high school age girl wants to be a future mother, she is focused on college and a career first. By the time she gets around to dating she has no dating background and is not interested in or understanding what it takes to please a man. They lost the capacity to be sexual plus they don't even need men for money. Meanwhile, men are also lacking in dating experience and don't know how to deal with women. And what would they want with these women not so interested in having a man anyway? And traditional approaches to dating are generally off the table, whether for potential legal issues or new expectations based on foreign influence or homegrown changes.

And I have told people my cure which would increase what I see as vital youth experience but people don't like it. They seem to think sexuality is something that just falls out of the sky and never dries up. Well its dead in Japan and its not going to come back for giving 40 year old newlyweds some economic benefits.

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By prefecture, southernmost Okinawa recorded the highest total fertility rate at 1.82 and was the only one of the country's 47 prefectures to see more births than deaths.

Trying to look at a bright sight.... I wonder what are behind Okinawa's relatively high fertility rate, a consistent pattern over years and deviating from the nationwide average. Perhaps solutions can be learned from it.

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Oldman13,

Once again not being able to what is happening in Japan, hint the country is literally DYING off!!

Look at this population pyramid if you dare

https://gefira.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/populstion_pyramid_japan.jpg

Note the shape at top & bottom & note the arrow markers on the sides & lets see if you can learn what really is happening to Japan, good luck!!!

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This is what should be happening in all other countries. The planet can't cope with an ever-increasing population. Religious extremists just keep covering their ears and eyes.

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Gosh, I went to Tokyo once with my young baby. It was VERY clear why no one wants to be around that place with kids. Elevators and escalators were a marathon away, if you rely on breastfeeding, your baby would nearly die of thirst I. The summer before you could find a decent feeding room, strollers don’t fit in shops and streets, no where to take a break or let your kid play. I went to a rooftop with a grass patch to take a break and let my baby crawl around and get some energy out, and I was told by security that we are not allowed to “sit” there. We had to sit in the bench. She wasn’t sitting, she was crawling and every once in a while she would flop in her butt and check something out. And she was not at an age where she could safely sit on a bench.

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It would really help if the period for the stats is stated. Is data for 2019 from Jan1 to Dec31 or April 1 2019 to march 31, 2020 ?

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Contrary to the belief of those expecting more babies because of corona, I expect less.

which woman wants to give birth in hospital these days ? More divorces are generally expected and in Japan few children are born outside of marriage still.

less disposable income makes couples also think twice. Condom sales are up, that means more sex and that is rarely a bad thing but it does not mean more kids.

more babies might come in 2022 if and when the general situation stabilises.

but why should less people be a problem ? Good for Japan, good for the world. Of course it means a leaner economy but quality of life might increase

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noriahojanenToday  09:54 am JST

By prefecture, southernmost Okinawa recorded the highest total fertility rate at 1.82 and was the only one of the country's 47 prefectures to see more births than deaths.

Trying to look at a bright sight.... I wonder what are behind Okinawa's relatively high fertility rate, a consistent pattern over years and deviating from the nationwide average. Perhaps solutions can be learned from it.

There is nothing special, it is the poorest prefecture in Japan. It’s the same everywhere, wealth and education means less kids as women have more avenues to pursue.

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As a result, the number of deaths outnumbered births by 515,864, marking the biggest margin of fall since comparable data were made available in 1899.

That's a population decline of over half a million.

In May, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Cabinet vowed to provide support, including for fertility treatment, so that the average number of children per couple increases to 1.8.

EVEN IF they are successful in doing THAT they are NOWHERE NEAR replacement rate. NOWHERE Near. AND its very doubtful if they do that.

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@Artemis Rogers

”They seem to think sexuality is something that just falls out of the sky and never dries up. Well its dead in Japan and its not going to come back”

spoken like only a married with kids man could!

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Robert Maes

why should less people be a problem ? Good for Japan, good for the world. Of course it means a leaner economy but quality of life might increase

If you expect the quality of life in Japan to improve with the reduction of the population then you don't know the country at all, there will be nothing left for the average taro and hanako with the continuous practice of corporate welfare with dubious mask deals costing 50 billion yen and 70 billion yen gift to dentsu and many other handouts.

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As a result, the number of deaths outnumbered births by 515,864, marking the biggest margin of fall since comparable data were made available in 1899.

That's a population decline of over half a million.

I had to read that twice. That's a staggering statistic, equivalent to losing a city the size of Niigata City in 12 months.

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Low birthrates are common in the First World. Japan could certainly do more for kids, spending on children is the lowest in the OECD, but the government cannot make people want children. The other forces driving people's behaviour are too strong.

The stat that alarms me was the one the other day about 60% of young women not having or wanting a romantic partner because it's too much bother (almost certainly a translation of "mendo kusai"). As a late middle-aged man myself, I well understand the temptation to shut the world out and focus on yourself, but I already have a wife and three kids to entertain me, humour me, sometimes sympathize with me, and teach me things. If people cannot drum up interest in others with the power of romance driving things along, I think that points to a large society-wide neurosis. It is the ultimate victory of consumerism that alienates us into individual units driven by our own wants. The classic gaijin comeback to the above is that Japanese women are just avoiding Japanese men who are all demanding losers, but I think that is simply reverse sexism. I know lots of dedicated family men here.

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@kohakuebisu,

Great post.....I agree with you entirely.

However,it costs a fortune to get your kids educated over here to a respectable level and I mean one a step or two up from 'free' public education.

My wife and I both work full-time and only have one kid and to support her through to university graduation has cost an arm and a leg........fortunately she has done well and I am sure she appreciates our endeavours.

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As a divorced foreigner with children I rarely see, I can say that its much harder the second time around to get married and have kids again. Sure, if I met the right person I'd probably do it again, but I can understand why many Japanese men and foreign men avoid both marriage and children in this country with divorce and custody laws they way they are. In addition, many Japanese women and probably men too, do not want to marry someone who is divorced or has children. From my experience, most Japanese women want a "virgin foreigner" or in other words, a man that has never been married and one with kids is even less desirable. I'm sure there are several reasons for this, one being that a Japanese woman doesn't want part of her husband's salary to go to his ex or his children. Also, she probably doesn't want to tell her parents that she's met a divorced man with children. I'm not trying to say that Japan's birth rate would be higher if Japanese women didn't have strict dating standards towards men, but I can say that Japanese culture does not welcome the idea of second chances like Western culture does.

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