The Falling Population of Japan

We’re not that far off:

Since Japan began counting its newborns more than a century ago, more than a million infants have been added to its population each year.

No longer, in the latest discomforting milestone for a country facing a steep population decline. Last year, the number of births in Japan dropped below one million for the first time, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare said on Friday.

The shrinking of the country’s population — deaths have outpaced births for several years — is already affecting the economy in areas including the job and housing markets, consumer spending and long-term investment plans at businesses.

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  • xavier

    This is due to dealing with their WW Ii legacy. Since they disrupted harmony causing them to lose face, the Japanese have decided that collective suicide is the only way to atone.

    Also it’s the unwarranted rigidity in social mores. Women are just pretty coffee servers mo matter how much smarter they are. The youngsters have to work inhuman hours while being sanctimoniously patronized by the elders.

    I just don’t see any hope or joy it’s trudging dutifully to extinction

    • Brett_McS

      We are working with Hyundai on a project and a bunch of Korean engineers came over for a few weeks. They were really happy when we shut the office at 6pm because otherwise they would have felt obliged to stay on to much later.

      The long hours don’t result in more work done, though. It’s just a show. Our 8-hour-a-day engineers are far more productive. The Koreans spend most of their time texting on their phones.

      • xavier

        Yup because they’ve had enough work but can’ttell the bosses see ya tomorrow

      • That sort of thing is ingrained in the culture. It makes one look diligent.

  • Brett_McS

    The baby-boomer retirement spike is going to drive adjustments, but after that a lower or stable population is no more of a challenge than a growing one, for a relatively free economy like Japan’s. Probably less of a challenge.

    The idea that population needs to grow to maintain economic growth is obviously wrong, else we would all be living at the much lower living standards (GDP per capita) of our forebears. Which, come to think of it, is probably a goal of the free movement globalists.

    • xavier

      I sorta disagree if it’s domestic population growth. Yeah; if it’s artificial via massive population replacement immigration then no.

      so I favour policies to encourage people to have families and if they choose large families so much the better

      • Brett_McS

        Yes, indigenous population growth via larger families seems to be inherently a good thing; certainly for countries such as Australia and Canada.

        Japan is an interesting social experiment because no country has ever had such low indigenous population growth combined with essentially zero immigration.

    • There will be simply no Japanese left to run an economy.

  • Cat-astrophe

    So the Japanese population is in decline. The only way the Japanese people will disappear and the country go into ruin, is if they import refugees like the rest of us westerners who have (had) stable population’s.

    • Alain

      I know it is so strange that this is one part of Western culture that they reject.

      • felis gracilis

        And good on them for rejecting it. I don’t think that seeing what is happening in France, UK and Germany is going to encourage them to change their perspective on this.

      • Cat-astrophe

        That they reject it now we have achieved it is truly a troubling development, especially in the light of what they are now pushing.

    • xavier

      Not refugees but they could encourage say from the Japanese diasporia; then take a hard look at who would integrate while loosening up the Japanese ( there was a study that showed that 30% of young Japanese have never dated or had sex; it’seems like they’ve lost total interest; thay’s not normal)

      • Cat-astrophe

        The whole point that is maybe missed is not that we have reached a static or more truthfully a declining population, or that unnatural reproductive behaviours have replaced the drive to reproduce.
        No, I think they should be happy that there is proof positive that humans have the ability to slow population growth by whatever means. Like, is this a bad thing? Decades ago we were bombarded with the message to only reproduce at replacement level. We here in the western societies have done this, but the third world nations have not slowed down, instead their population continues to grow exponentially.
        I do not know about anyone else, but the movement of third world populations to first, driven by UN policies, the same policies that are behind the transfer of wealth also UN driven and under the name sustainable development and climate change, are designed to slow down western resource use, increase third world incomes, thereby slowing down their growth as they grow in wealth and unnatural habits too.

        • xavier

          By whatever means has meant and still means killing babies, mutilating men and women’should bodies and coercing people to stop procreate.
          It would be better if people freely choose instead of being bossed around by inferiors with barely any life experiences

          • Cat-astrophe

            Agreed, the masses have to wake up, as there is no easy way out of the mess we are in, in the 1st world countries.

  • Alain

    Where to begin? I see this as a lot of wishful thinking from those outside Japan. In fact I have read these kinds of dire predictions for at least the last forty years, and yet Japan continues doing just fine. Having family there I know that they are doing well and that the country is not falling apart nor the economy crashing. Of course everything is not perfect, but then the same applies to every country. However there is a lot more ‘perfect’ there than I see here, in the US at present, and certainly in the EU. As the saying goes If wishes were horses……

    • Cat-astrophe

      It’s the narrative, one of the fear mongering lies Alinsky’s modern communists are using to get their manipulative way.