Without Babies Japan Will Not Survive!!

Without Babies Japan Will Not Survive!!

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GOING EXTINCT

Brooklyn, NY

#1 Dec 20, 2012
TOKYO

THE first grade class at the elementary school in Nanmoku, about 85 miles from Tokyo, has just a single student this year. The local school system that five decades ago taught 1,250 elementary school children is now educating just 37. Many of the town’s elegant wooden homes are abandoned. Where generations of cedar loggers, sweet potato farmers and factory workers once made their lives, monkeys now reside. The only sounds at night are the cries of deer and the wail of an occasional ambulance.

Nanmoku’s plight is Japan’s fate. Faced with an aging society, a depopulating countryside and economic stagnation, the country has struggled for decades to address its challenges. As Japan goes to the polls on Dec. 16 for parliamentary elections that will most likely mean the seventh prime minister in six years, voters need to demand that politicians address the most important issue of all: the country’s low birthrate.

Sadly, this issue is hardly being discussed on the campaign trail. Instead, parties are promising to lavish more money on special interests like construction companies, the main beneficiaries of public works spending.

Nowhere is the rapid aging of Japan more visible than in rural towns like Nanmoku, where 56 percent of local residents are over 65. Over the next 25 years, the proportion of Japan’s population that is elderly will rise from almost one in four to one in three. Sales of adult diapers will soon surpass those of baby diapers.

The reason for Japan’s plight stretches back decades. The countryside lost people to the cities during Japan’s era of rapid growth between the early 1950s and the late 1980s. The population in rural areas continued to decline even after the country’s growth began to slow in the early 1990s. To secure the rural vote, the Liberal Democratic Party, which held power almost continuously from 1955 until 2009, devoted huge amounts of the state’s budget to infrastructure projects that were intended to revitalize the hinterland. But the revitalization never occurred. Towns were left with deserted train stations, empty hot-spring resorts and extraordinary levels of debt.

Just as America has its military-industrial complex, Japan — whose constitution forbids a formal army — has its “construction state.” Public largess went to pouring concrete across the country. It’s clear now that Japan should have been less focused on building bridges to nowhere and more focused on making babies.

Although Japanese couples consistently say in surveys that they would like to have more than two children, they don’t. Part of the problem is Japan’s prolonged economic malaise. Years of stagnant (or declining) incomes have made Japanese men less attractive as potential partners. And economic uncertainty has led couples to delay getting married and having children. The shortage of public day care centers, especially in cities, has made the cost and burden of parenthood so high that today’s couples either have fewer babies or none at all.(Japan’s birthrate is just 1.39 children per woman.)
epep

Swindon, UK

#2 Dec 20, 2012
japanese are genetically cruel people.

so what so sad about japanese going extinct ?
epep

Swindon, UK

#3 Dec 20, 2012
japanese are genetically cruel people.

so what so sad about japanese going extinct from japanese not reprodcuing japanese ?

less japanese means dolphins and whales will not get much killed by japanese.
epep

Swindon, UK

#4 Dec 20, 2012
also less japanese will mean less chances of japanese, in the future, invading any other country.
Snowflake

San Francisco, CA

#5 Dec 20, 2012
Japan still has almost the same population as the USA but much smaller in area.
RayH

Shenzhen, China

#7 Dec 21, 2012
Snowflake wrote:
Japan still has almost the same population as the USA but much smaller in area.
No, 127 million Japs versus 312 million Americans.
Snowflake

San Francisco, CA

#8 Dec 21, 2012
Wow, are you sure that is the correct figure?
SAYONARA BABY

Brooklyn, NY

#9 Dec 21, 2012
epep wrote:
japanese are genetically cruel people.
so what so sad about japanese going extinct from japanese not reprodcuing japanese ?
less japanese means dolphins and whales will not get much killed by japanese.
Yup!
nor

Northridge, CA

#10 Sep 24, 2013
If these Japanese go extinct without reproducing, good.
These Japanese are racist towards Koreans, Chinese, and foreigners.
They white wash their history textbooks. They claim to be superior to everyone else. Japan is filled with radical right wing idiots. They are cruel to sea animals. They are greedy and ignorant. These Japanese claim they did not lose ww2 but a ceasefire was negotiated.

The world is better off Japanese people.

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