Japan PM has warned that the country is rapidly approaching a point when its declining birthrate will make it impossible for the country to continue to function as a society.
Now or never,” Fumio Kishida emphasised.
With a total population of 125 million, Japan likely had under 800,000 births in 2018. More than two million people in the US met this description in the 1970s.
The birthrate is dropping in many countries, including Japan’s neighbours.
However, this problem is more severe in Japan because of the country’s ageing population and diminishing labour force.
According to World Bank statistics, Japan now has the second-highest percentage of persons aged 65 and up, at over 28%, behind only the tiny state of Monaco.
The future of Japan’s society is “hanging in the balance,” Mr. Kishida warned parliamentarians.
There is no time to lose or put off until we address the urgent matter of how we direct our political and social energies toward children and parenting policy.
Over time, he would want to see the government quadruple its funding for initiatives that benefit children, he said. He also mentioned that a new government agency dedicated to the problem would be established in April.
But previous attempts by Japanese administrations to advance like minded policies have met with little to no success.
From a high of 128 million in 2017, when the population peaked, analysts predicted in 2020 that Japan’s population will have dropped to less than 53 million by the end of the century. Official estimates place the present population at less than 125 million people.
Although there have been some easings, Japan continues to enforce its rigorous immigration restrictions. However, some experts argue that even more leniency is needed in order to help Japan deal with its rapidly ageing population.
In a world where the cost of living is increasing, more and more women are entering the workforce, and more people have access to birth control, it is no surprise that the global birthrate has been falling.
After tiny Monaco, Japan has the world’s oldest population. It has recorded a historic low in births. A potential one-fifth population decline by 2050 is possible.
Although it has not softened its stance on immigration. Whereas 15% of the UK’s population is made up of immigrants, only roughly 3% of Japan’s are. Some on the right in the United States and Europe hold it up as a model of racial peace and tolerance.
However, the country of Japan is not as racially homogeneous as its supporters might assume. The Ainu of Hokkaido, the Okinawans in the south, the 500,000 ethnic Koreans, and the almost 1,000,000 Chinese all call Japan home.
In addition, there are people like my three Japanese children who have one foreign parent.
These biracial youth are commonly referred to as hafu, or halves, a derogatory term that is accepted in this culture. Among them are famous people and sports figures like Naomi Osaka. They are held up as examples of “more beautiful and talented” individuals by the media and the public at large. Being admired is one thing, but being accepted is another entirely.
Japan is a wonderful example of what happens when a country refuses to accept immigration to combat declining fertility.
In this country, wages have stagnated for 30 years. South Korea and Taiwanese per capita incomes have recently surpassed those of Japan.
However, progress seemed far off. Part of the reason for this is the established order of authority.