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Political parties promise increased child aid, but more than money needed

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The government of former Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga decided to abolish the monthly provision of 5,000 yen per child up to 15 years old to households whose heads annually earn 12 million yen or more, beginning October 2022, to secure funds to increase day-care facilities.

Where's those day-care facilities now?

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But LDP policy chief Sanae Takaichi appears to be "cold toward (supporting) children.”

A woman “cold toward children” is indeed a cold, cold woman.

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Education expenses should be tax deductible.

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There are some pretty robust studies from several countries that strongly indicate that financial support for families does not impact the fertility rate one bit.

However, there are certainly many things that can be done in Japan to ease the burden on people who decide to have children. We had a kid in high school, a kid in junior high and a kid in elementary school at the same time. The demands on our time were oppressive. Bento every day, even on Sundays were harsh demands.

It would be great if Japan introduced taxpayer supported community colleges and spread out post-secondary education funding well beyond national universities.

Also, every child who graduates junior high should have a guaranteed seat at any public high school in their area.

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And you wonder why you have a low birth rate?

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This is so funny. They have been saying this for over 20 years now.

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Seiko Noda, minister in charge of Japan's declining birthrate

You know things are going to be screwed up royally when the LDP needs to create a position in the cabinet specifically for dealing with the "declining birthrate!"

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Make education completely free like it is done in other countries.

Totally agree, but the the bigger problem is getting the education level up to standards in "other" countries!

Compulsory education must be changed to make students and parents responsible too! Stop with the automatic grade promotion!

Oh and make it easier to actually GET into Uni too!

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Political parties promise...

but delivering will be the first of never.

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Japan's child poverty rate stood at 13.5 percent in 2018, higher than other major industrialized countries. The poverty rate among single-parent households was especially high, hitting 48.1 percent.

Much of which COULD be improved by instituting a system where fathers or mothers are forced to pay child support!

This is a much deeper problem institutionally speaking, as typically mothers who get divorced, cut the ties with the fathers and do not want anything from them.

While the family court CAN and sometimes does force child support, it is not common.

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Remember when Abe said that the purpose of raising the consumption tax was to create funding for child aid and free daycare?

That money probably got wasted on that failed, over budget olympics.

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I applaud the parties actually wanting to do something about helping families. If you have children in Tokyo, you pretty much have to give up spending on yourself. Make life easier for those with children. Free nursery for all qualifying kids not just those aged 3. Both parents should be able to claim dependents, why can only one claim? Education should be free at all government schools-if you have to pay to go to a school then it’s not state funded..

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Politician (to voter, wearing a sardonic smile): Here!

Voter (puzzled): What's that?

Politician: The world! Oh, and here!

Voter: More?

Politician: The moon and a couple of stars. And don't forget this!

Voter: Wow! Is that, real . . .

Politician: Real silver platter, to set it all on! You bet!

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New administration, same old promises and nothing but a whole lot of talk with no progress on these issues.

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Abe started this increased child care and welfare support for families a decade ago and it still hasn't happened. Meanwhile, 25% of Japanese kids live in poverty. How could this be so? Japan is a rich country, right?

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abolish the monthly provision of 5,000 yen per child up to 15 years old to households whose heads annually earn 12 million yen or more,

Wait, what? That is wrong?

Such households are Japan’s rich.

I don’t think poorer families should be paying taxes, only to see it redistributed to such rich households.

Absolutely such support ought be targeted.

"If we let the LDP win this election and give it a mandate, child support policy will be driven in a dangerous direction. 

Actually I think families should be responsible for raising their own kids.

But sure, lower their taxes etc to ensure they have the ability to do so.

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An entire ministry position dedicated towards "solving" the low birth rate in an overpopulated country?

Maybe instead focus on solving the underlying issues that make a low birth rate a problem. Namely, an economic system predicated on infinite growth in a world of limited resources can never work longterm.

Low birthrate doesn't need to be a crisis, it can be a good thing even. The insidious nature of capitalism to get people to agree that a low birth rate is inherently negative even as we struggle with overpopulation.

I would still fully support measures such as more widespread education support regardless, because people simply deserve things like food, education, and basic welfare.

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stop attacking successful people to have children ..(12)

don't look at the income just give amount per child and increase the amount with more children .

The IQ is getting lower because smart people do not have children

Also fire (force them in pension) all managers above 65 years and people in government !!

this will solve all problem

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"In Japan, those raising children aged up to 4 years old face the severest financial situation due to the failure of income redistribution policies."

If the parents are paying, university and living costs far exceed the typical price of under 3s childcare in a public hoikuen. Our third child went it at fourteen months, and we paid 30,000 a month, because I'm self employed and have a lowish income on paper. Private university can easily exceed 1.5 million a year in fees, plus whatever the parents want/need to contribute to the 1.5 million or whatever in living expenses. That adds up to many times the cost of a child in public under-threes childcare.

Kudos to proxy for the comment about the hassles involved with raising kids in Japan. PTA meetings about nothing during office hours etc. etc. I probably would have stopped at two kids not three if I had known what was coming.

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An entire ministry position dedicated towards "solving" the low birth rate in an overpopulated country?

Nobody is worried about increasing the population. You are missing the point.

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Meanwhile, 25% of Japanese kids live in poverty.

Errr... No. Think you need to fact check that

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Its not only the existing children that need assistance because of the massive percentage of single parental families and the pandemic .

Also the married couples or people that wish to have a children that could use financial assistance.

And the people who don't have children that are struggling don't ignore them either.

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The LDP and child friendly policies? I know a scorpion that wants to cross a river on a frogs back.

Aesop's Tales for the non readers.

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Talk is cheap.

Kishida: Hey, Sugi. Where's that list?

Suga: What list?

Kishida: You know the automatic empty promises every new PM has to give.

Sugi: Oh, over there. Under the kyabakura mo..............I mean petty cash.

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Obviously it’s the wrong sequence right from the beginning. First you need some children if you want to provide and give child aid. That’s the point here. Of course, neither politicians, nor you or me can write much more on this or make proposals. That would very quickly lead into taboo zones. lol

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*The government of former Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga decided to abolish the monthly provision of 5,000 yen per child up to 15 years old to households whose heads annually earn 12 million yen or more, beginning October 2022, to secure funds to increase day-care facilities.*

Actually they started in October 2021 silently. And I it’s not 12 million it’s 9.6 million. I received a letter from city office that my child support has been reduced to 5000 a month. It’s interesting that people earning between 9 and 13 million annually get hit the most by all scam pension premiums and taxes.

LDP is all about taking money from the middle class and ensuring that they fall below the poverty line.

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Maybe instead focus on solving the underlying issues that make a low birth rate a problem. Namely, an economic system predicated on infinite growth in a world of limited resources can never work longterm

I suspect the real source of fertility rates is the urban lifestyle. Living in high rise apartments without any kind of little yard where kids can play in safety, the crowding, having to use public transport to shop or go to appointments, long workdays book-ended by long commutes, make raising children difficult. It is not a problem confined to Japan. Much of the developed world confronts this same problem and Japan's is not the lowest fertility rate out there.

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