Japan’s birth rate continues to shrink and for the first time Japan’s birth rate began its decline beginning in 2014. The number of births registered in 2014 was at 1,001,000. This was the fourth consecutive year of declining births contributed to both economic and social reasons. The Japanese government are financially under enormous pressure to meet the demands of paying out social benefits to its population. Japanese people over 65 and above are predicted to make up 40 percent of the total Japanese population by 2060. The recent figures are reason for concern for Japanese policymakers who seek to ensure that a dwindling pool of workers can support a growing number of pensioners. Yet, the predatory landlord class and rental agencies continue raking in money that isn’t efficiently being utilized while depriving families of much needed capital to start businesses or to keep them running in addition to paying taxes.
If I had a business in Japan, the last thing I would be enthusiastic about would be contributing to the upkeep and care of an aging population paying into their pensions when the only “pension” available to me would ultimately be my own responsibility since pensions are a pittance in Japan. The reason why is because this is ultimately my responsibility. Japan’s pension program, where you put in roughly ¥14,660 per month in the hopes that later when you “retire”, you will receive monthly payments of around ¥60,000 until the day you die. And the thing about this is that if I pay into this pension and it is paid out to some retired Japanese woman who already has a part time job plus her savings, she is hoarding that money taking it out of circulation. My solution: stop consuming Japan. Another alternative solution: The Japanese government provides a dividend to every Japanese person with incentives for having children. Of course, this will never happen. Does the bureaucracy in Japan managing these complex pension systems actually think every young Japanese person who begins work at eighteen for those who don’t go onto college after high school, are going to be paying that monthly ¥14,660 every month for the next 40 years? That isn’t going to happen especially with a declining population and 40 percent of the 65 and over population are eligible to collect that ¥60,000 monthly pension. That comes out to a little over ¥7 million at the end of 40 years. Where is that pension money invested? Japan has the largest public investment fund of any country. Where do the Japanese park these funds? In junk bonds in foreign countries. Will the Japanese person who puts that amount of money into the Japanese government pension program receive the full benefit of his “investment” at the end of those 40 years of paying into the program? Probably not. Most will probably die before that ever happens part way into their retirement.
Since Japan is facing a decline in population, this means Japan Inc. will go with high technology stimulus in its economy, well at least attempt to, and this along with a military buildup to stimulate its economy in the corporate sector. This is the reason why the Ministry of Education in Japan has started to eliminate humanities (Japan dumbs down their universities) in public universities across Japan. The Japanese government is more interested in forcing high tech engineering research related to robots to replace the declining population. In the near future, there will be robots working in convenience stores, Kiosks, nursing homes, train stations and just about anywhere else a robot can be used to replace repetitive mundane human labor. And while Japan is eliminating humanities (what teaches us we are humans and how to get along), in public universities, the opposite is true of other countries where the study of humanities reflects more people than ever, especially women, are studying them.
The Japanese people are caught in this corporate dominated existence and central banking manipulation of their lives to such an extent their government can actually demand that humanities be taken out of public schools. What, did the giant trading family at Kawasaki Heavy Industries send one of their corporate executives over to the Ministry of Education and say, “Look, no more humanities, we need more technology to build our techno robotic future?” And then there is no certain future in robotics either considering Japan faces enormous competition by better and more creative software to run the robotics. Why would a young Japanese couple want to bring a child into existence only to have it limited by what Japan’s major trading corporations (eight major trading houses/families through their banks) are demanding of that child when it goes through Japan’s educational system wearing Prussian military era school uniforms? Then pressed into employment depending on test scores only to work for 40 years while paying ¥14,660 into a pension for a dwindling pool of money available for their own pensions? Where is the incentive in that scenario when right now Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is hosting Australia’s PM Malcom Turnbull in Tokyo where they will have “special time” to discuss more militarization to counter the Chinese? No wonder Japan wants the humanities taken out of their public universities? Japan requires more engineers to develop military hardware.