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Everything you need to know
about Japan´s population crisis

The Week, by Sarah Eberspacher

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Posted By:StormCnter, 1/12/2014 4:17:32 AM

W hy is Japan in trouble? The Japanese now have one of the lowest fertility rates in the world, and at the same time, one of the highest longevity rates. As a result, the population is dropping rapidly, and becoming increasingly weighted toward older people. After peaking seven years ago, at 128 million, Japan´s population has been falling — and is on a path to decline by about a million people a year. By 2060, the government estimates, there will be just 87 million people in Japan; nearly half of them will be over 65. Without a dramatic change in

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: PoliticalJunky, 1/12/2014 4:44:06 AM     (No. 9688887)

I have heard a theory that the Japanese are not marrying or having children because educating a child is very exspensive. We seem to have the same problem because long ago the Boomers squirmed out from under that cost by dumping the burden onto their children.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Spidey, 1/12/2014 5:21:40 AM     (No. 9688903)

There was smething a whilebackthat moreor less,young Japanese men are sexually apathetic towards women.I think the Japanese government sets most or all of the wages, so if you´re lucky enough to get a job in acar factory,your wages are set and there´s no way to move up. This results in mental stagnation and it´s on it´s way here. They also have long commuter days,spending hours on public transit.It wouldn´t surprise me if the healthier diet they eat leads to longer lives.

The food and smoking nazis in this country want the same result of too many old people in this country also.

This is the 50th anniversary of the smoking nazis,claiming they´ve saved 8 million lives with their efforts. I´ve never understood the concept of saving lives when people die sooner or later anyway.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Truthfetish, 1/12/2014 8:38:50 AM     (No. 9689016)

This fascinates me!

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Reply 4 - Posted by: dadofboys, 1/12/2014 8:49:00 AM     (No. 9689028)

I know where they could find 15 million mexicans.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Okie 52, 1/12/2014 10:11:14 AM     (No. 9689133)

1. I remember from the 70´s that Japan had an "inverted pyramid" in demographics: too few young people on bottom with too many oldsters on top. This has been a long term trend. Old news.
2. Either this writer´s editor is asleep or her writing stinks. This article just falls off a cliff at the end. She can´t seem to make up her mind whether to write about the demographics or the shut-in guys. Exhibit "A" of what "Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern" produces. "J" school writing.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: MissMolly, 1/12/2014 10:23:13 AM     (No. 9689145)

So, now we have Japan getting too old and too few getting married, having babies who will be working to support them. OTH, China is rapidly turning into a nation of single men, because the Chinese gave away, aborted or killed their baby girls. So, the Chinese are trying to turn around the one-child policy because their population isn´t growing fast enough to be sustainable and there aren´t any wives for the guys anyway. I don´t spend a lot of time worrying about the demographics of either place. We´ve got plenty to worry about here at home.

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