Ever since 2011, sales of adult diapers in Japan have outpaced those of baby diapers.

8 signs Japan is a demographic Time Bomb

Japan is dealing with what economists call a “demographic time bomb.”

Through a vicious cycle of low fertility and low consumer spending, the country’s economy has gradually shrunk over the last 25 years.

People are living longer, and they’re heaping greater social-security costs onto younger generations who aren’t having kids to replace them — thereby furthering the cycle.

  • deplorabledave

    Do the Japanese suffer the same self hate that seems to be causing the Germans to destroy themselves?

    • Hard Little Machine

      It’s a combination of factors. They are the most arrogant xenophobic people on earth so it’s effectively walled off from the world. They’ve been in an economic funk for 20 years. Young people have abandoned marriage, forming families and having children.

      • Same is true here. I would hate to face the prospect of divorce in Ontario if children were involved.

      • Alain

        You really have no travelled or lived in a lot of countries to claim that the Japanese are the most arrogant xenophobic people on earth. Yes, generally they are xenophobic which is exactly why they do not have mass immigration like us with our open, all embracing societies. Still I personally know that the majority of people outside the West are equally xenophobic, but then they also do not have mass immigration issues.

        Furthermore all my young nieces and nephews there are married with children, so I would not be so fast to generalise.

    • They don’t allow Islamic immigration so they can’t be all bad.

    • I’m guessing so.

  • jayme

    If Japanese society does die at least it will die AS a Japanese society, and not an islamic one.

    • Good point.

    • That’s no real comfort, actually.

      Japan stands as a cautionary tale of one sort. Europe is another. Neither are good.

  • canminuteman

    The economy shrinks and so does the population so the GDP per capita isn’t changing. The only people this is a problem for is the people who lent Japan money and won’t be getting paid back. Sucks to be them.

    The population will shrink, causing the value of real estate to shrink and the value of labour to rise. The economics will allow family formation to start happening again. As long as someone doesn’t decide they need to import a bunch of aliens to keep bond holders happy there is no problem that won’t solve itself in a generation.

    • Yup, that sums up the mass immigration is good for economic growth Ponzi scheme.

    • Alain

      Agreed that the claim of a shrinking population is bad is just not the case. It is due to that bogus claim that the West fell for the idea that mass immigration is required as a replacement. No thought given to what kind of society that replacement will cause and that is where we are.

    • Bataviawillem

      You hit on something there,.
      Here explained in a video.

  • Red-Pilled Conservative

    I taught Engrish for 2 years in Japan. In my experience, Japanese women are quick to get horizontal with a round-eye. From what I saw then and see to this day, it is mainly the men who are checking out of the whole family life routine. ‘Herbivore’, they call it.

  • Mr. Meow

    Adult diapers eh? Probably just the onset of yet another weird Japanese fetish.

    • JoKeR

      No it is happening in the USA too. It started with all the snowflakes when the results were in and showed Donald Trump won the election.

    • Alain

      Could be, because nothing surprises me anymore when it comes to weird fetishes one can find in Japan among the more Westernised younger generations; I am referring to those born after WW II. At the same time those were the most anti-West and often hostile to foreigners compared to the older ones who had lived through the war. It seemed to me to be a love-hate relationship the younger ones had with things Western.

  • UCSPanther

    The adult baby/diaper kink is one of the most disturbing fetishes that I have run across…

  • Jaedo Drax

    Ahem, every country that has a replacement rate of less than 2.1 children per is on the way to a demographic time bomb; Japan will just get there first (which is surprising since China has a 1 child per family policy, which should have resulted in them arriving there first)

  • DMB

    I don’t see a problem here. With an aging population and a shrinking economy automation will fill in the void economically since Japan is the most automated country in the world. Eventually birth rates will stabilize and with Japanese living very long lives so will require the increase in the eligibility of retirement. What is critical for Japan is they do not receive a huge influx of migrants to act as a population replacement for those indigenous Japanese who are not having children. Let nature and automation take it’s course and act as a corrective mechanism to this.