The Mystery of Why Japanese People Are Having So Few Babies

TOKYO—Japan’s population is shrinking. For the first time since the government started keeping track more than a century ago, there were fewer than 1 million births last year, as the country’s population fell by more than 300,000 people. The blame has long been put on Japan’s young people, who are accused of not having enough sex, and on women, who, the narrative goes, put their careers before thoughts of getting married and having a family.

But there’s another, simpler explanation for the country’s low birth rate, one that has implications for the U.S.: Japan’s birth rate may be falling because there are fewer good opportunities for young people, and especially men, in the country’s economy. In a country where men are still widely expected to be breadwinners and support families, a lack of good jobs may be creating a class of men who don’t marry and have children because they—and their potential partners—know they can’t afford to.

Via This guy.

  • Having children should be heavily subsidized. You can call that social engineering, but heavy taxation is already social engineering, and assuming that’s not going to change soon, paying people to have babies is the only solution.

    • Drunk by Noon ✓

      Mostly, yeah.
      Where to draw that line however?

      • Maurice Miner

        Wow! That is a really fucked unit in the gibsmedat universe. DbN, are you willing to be held accountable for her suffering? No fucking way as far as I am concerned – starvation and death seems an appropriate outcome for someone with 15 kids.

        Sad about the children dying, but Hey Kids – blame your parents!

    • k1962

      Yeah, but that would be a bonus for certain types who already have lots of children, but it’s of absolutely no benefit to us. You might know who I am referring to. They actually don’t need to work with all of our money that Justin gives them and I don’t want to support them and the12 kids the wife pumps out, but doesn’t properly socialize. I’m sick and tired of handing over my money in the form of taxes for Justin to blow on stupid project. And the imbecile just keeps coming back to us for more.

    • Tooth&Claw

      The problem is as always …government interference. They give a portion of your taxes back, then they expect to be able to legislate how you are to raise them or how to spend your own damn money.

    • BillyHW

      Jesus Christ you shouldn’t be voting.

      • I’d prefer they didn’t take such a huge chunk of people’s income. But they do. So what’s your genius plan?

      • And if this is a race thing, well, how the f*** does that apply to Japan? Advize, oh wise woman-hater.

    • Felix_Culpa

      And there would be nothing wrong with that! It is in all of society’s interest that there be enough children to carry on that society. Back in the day, men used to be given raises at work when their wives got pregnant–because the “basis of payment” for your wages was not ONLY what you were doing for the business owner, but ALSO what you were doing for all of society. We have so completely lost the thread on this that (a) most people do not know that and (b) most people would be “offended” to know it.

  • Drunk by Noon ✓

    “Japan’s birth rate may be falling because there are fewer good opportunities for young people, and especially men, in the country’s economy.”


    • Tooth&Claw

      When you can barely afford to keep yourself in an economy bachelor apartment, marrying is out of the question. Children moreso.

      • Drunk by Noon ✓

        Subsidize what you want more of and tax what you want less of.

  • xavier

    Another reason are the inhuman hours that they’re expected to work. Seriously work is made for people not the other way around. Also the companies really demean the women so why should they bother to have kids as literally single parents and never be allowed back to the work force?
    The problem is that the society is simply too rigid and the corporate heads are so entrenched that they’re driving the society to suicide

  • Brett McS

    Only the very rich and the very poor can support having many children, and rich people these days look at the direction things are going and decide not to bring children into this brave new world. So, it’s the Idiocracy movie.

  • shasta

    “Japan’s population is shrinking”

    And why is this a problem? It appears that Japan is reverting to a more sustainable population level.

    • canminuteman

      Exactly, it is not a problem at all unless the government decides they need to import people from the third world to keep the socialist Ponzi scheme going. If they don’t do that, the population wi fall, real estate will become cheap, work will become available, wageswull go up and the population will rise again. All animals go through boom/bust population cycles, it’s just that we don’t notice it with people because the cycle is much longer than anyone’s life time or memory.

    • Brett McS

      There will be short-term adjustments required, but so?

    • No, they aren’t.

      • shasta

        A decrease of 300,000 is not more sustainable ?

        • Japan’s problem is social. People are refusing to get married and having children. It has nothing to do with a realisation of demographics. There is an increase in foreign spouses and children. This would suggest my statement, not the one proffered here.

          • shasta

            According to this article
            The number of foreign spouses has halved from 44,000/yr to 20,000/yr from 2006 to 2013. This is a little over 2% of marriages. Compare to Canada with 11.2% of foreign spouses(includes common law) in 2013 and rising. These figures don’t include both spouses foreign.

          • Perhaps but we’re not talking about Canada.

            However, there is a world-wide phenomenon of refusing marriage and children.

            Look what fills the vacuum.

  • Hard Little Machine

    They should take all our illegals and ‘Syrian’ refugees. Breed like rabbits.

    • Drunk by Noon ✓

      Almost like the Hasidics!
      They don’t work, stay on welfare generationally, breed like rabbits, treat non-Hasidics like shit, and generally make the place uncomfortable for everyone else.

  • vwVwwVwv

    You want woman to work – no Kids
    You want Kidss – pay the MAN enough to support a family

    Kids need room and the rent in Japan eats one full time income.

  • J. C.

    Japan (and all Western countries, for that matter), like Calhoun’s “mouse utopia” experiments, have reached peak population size and are reverting to more sustainable levels. Unfortunately, too many Commie-minded Western leaders are using this natural population trend as an excuse to import a hostile enemy in an attempt to implement their desired Globalist agenda.