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Japan's Infertility and Declining Population

By BayArea   May 28, 9:56pm   3 links   568 views   8 comments   watch (0)   quote

Japan is in the midst of a fertility crisis, and it's 65 years in the making.Saddled with long work hours and rising expenses, young Japanese couples are opting not to have kids. Even if they have the energy to start a family, many simply don't have the time.As a result, spending shrinks on the small scale and the Japanese economy contracts on the large scale. Japan has seen trillions in lost GDP over the past years, in combination with a population decline of 1 million people. Harvard sociologist Mary Brinton puts it

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1   Heraclitusstudent   May 28, 10:56pm     ↑ like (4)   ↓ dislike   quote    

Japan is densely populated and once AI takes over, production will no longer be limited by the number of human workers.
They may be on the right path to happier days.

2   Booger   May 29, 9:36am     ↑ like (2)   ↓ dislike   quote    

BayArea says

in combination with a population decline of 1 million people.

And it's still too fucking crowded, and will be for the foreseeable future.

3   Ceffer   May 29, 10:25am     ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike   quote    

All those smart Japanese robots are actually from knocked up RealDolls.

4   Dan8267   May 29, 12:14pm     ↑ like (2)   ↓ dislike   quote    

BayArea says

Japan's Infertility and Declining Population

This is a good thing. Japan is way overcrowded and declining fertility is the result of overcowding.

If Japan returns to it's 1900 population level, that would be a great thing for the people living there. Yes, the declining population means that older people will have to work, but it also means that there will be plenty of jobs for them. If you have a labor shortage and lots of retired people, you don't really have a labor shortage. It just means that the older generation doesn't get the privilege of not working. By the way, throughout history people worked until they died. So yes, it is a privilege, and if society wants to maintain that privilege then they need low constant populations.

5   TwoScoopsMcGee   May 29, 1:15pm     ↑ like (2)   ↓ dislike   quote    

Japan also has another lesson. Aging Populations are no guarantee health care costs will rise. I think they keep price increases around 1-2% per year.

Compared with Obamacare and wonderful Private Insurance.

6   Rin   May 29, 2:05pm     ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote    

7   MMR   May 29, 7:15pm     ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike   quote    

Maybe they should take in Islamic refugees ....seems to be working wonders in the EU

8   justme   May 29, 7:43pm     ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote    

The fertility is fine, it is the fertilization that is missing. But reducing the population seems like a good idea, regardless.

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