Japan PM urges public to have more babies to save country

By: News Desk
Published: 11:00 PM, 24 Jan, 2023
Japan PM urges public to have more babies to save country
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Japan Prime Minister Fumio Kishida Tuesday warned his public to lift up the birth rate as the country stands on the verge of collapsing as a society due to a falling birth rate.

Kishida, in a stern tone, said that it was a do-or-die situation and the public should either have more babies or risk dragging the country into the depths of dysfunction.

In his speech, Kishida stated that the birth rate in Japan has sunk below 800,000 in the last year. He said “Japan is on the verge of whether we can continue to function as a society, and addressing the stubbornly low birthrate he stated that it “cannot wait and cannot be postponed”.

Despite Kishida’s speech and tone was threatening and stern, the public did not seem to be listening or interested at all.

The birth rate of Japan remains at 1.3 which is the average number of children a woman will have in her lifetime. However, it is way below the birth rate actually needed to keep the population stable which sits at 2.1.

Despite him warning about a suffering and hollowed-out Japan, Fumio largely seemed to be sticking to a script that has already been roundly rejected by his target audience being the young Japanese couples.

The Government’s efforts earlier to encourage people to have more babies had limited impact. Subsidies for pregnancy, childbirth and childcare have failed, while some experts complain that politicians target parents who already have children while failing to ask themselves why young people are reluctant to start families.

Japan PM Kishida warned in his speech that Japan had reached a “now or never moment” to address its shortage of children. If experience is any guide, the smart money must be on the latter.

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