Japan Prime Minister Says Country Is ‘On The Verge’ Over Falling Birth Rate

Japan Prime Minister Says Country Is ‘On The Verge’ Over Falling Birth Rate


Japan’s Prime Minister is sounding the alarms over his country’s falling birth rate.

“Japan is standing on the verge of whether we can continue to function as a society,” Fumio Kishida told lawmakers.

“Focusing attention on policies regarding children and child-rearing is an issue that cannot wait and cannot be postponed.”

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Kishida – dubbing Japan’s declining birth rate as a “now or never” situation – feels it crucial to double the government’s spending on child related programs.

From the BBC:

Japan – population 125 million – is estimated to have had fewer than 800,000 births last year. In the 1970s, that figure was more than two million.

Birth rates are slowing in many countries, including Japan’s neighbours.

But the issue is particularly acute

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