Several previous posts have discussed Japan’s shrinking population and to add to this discussion, RT Today published news on how Japan’s birth rate has hit a historic low. Japan’s birth rate has decelerated and has been decreasing for the past 35 years now reaching negative growth. What would it take for Japan to reverse this negative population growth and to create conditions in Japanese society that would be more conducive for families and taking care of children? Are the Japanese thinking more about a healthy society to bring their children up in? The way I observe the current conditions in Japan, is that Japanese parents don’t really create children for themselves, not as much as they like to think they do. Rather, Japanese parents create children for Japan Inc.. These children as they grow up being constantly vetted by the archaic and almost feudalistic education system in Japan, to only have to go through this economic system carrying on the same societal and economic weaknesses one generation after another where no fundamental changes or reform are made for the better.
It is astonishing to my way of thinking, that nursery schools in Japan are still having young 3 to 6 year-old Japanese children parade around school grounds playing Prussian military marching music while turning on a dime to the commands of their “teachers” because it looks so cute and reinforces group adherence and obedience as well as mind numbing conformity. It also makes preschool teachers feel good about themselves because they are “teaching” these young children discipline. Discipline ultimately for what though? How to simply conform and obey to “authority” and “commands?” Children being born in Japan have less and less options and as the following article makes it clear, “45 percent of Japanese females aged 16-24 are not interested in or despised sexual contact.” Japan is going to have to go through painful and profound reforms if it is going to come out of this current economic and social predicament they have found themselves in.
Source: RT News
Honey, I shrunk the kids: Japan’s child population hits historic low
May 4, 2016
The figures were released by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications before the country’s Children’s Day, which is to be celebrated Thursday.
The number of children aged 14 or under was 16.05 million as of April 1, 2016. This figure was down 150,000 on 2015.
Currently there are 8.22 million boys and 7.82 million girls aged 14 or under in Japan.
The worrying statistics show, however, that the newborns to 2-year-olds comprise the smallest group of children. According to the ministry, there are only 3.07 million babies, while the biggest group, of 12-14 olds, totals 3.42 million.
The data also includes a breakdown of the number of children by Japanese prefectures. Only Tokyo out of 47 prefectures managed to increase the number of children over the year.
The highest ratio of children was recorded in Okinawa prefecture (17.4 percent), while Akita Prefecture had the lowest, at 10.6 percent.
The country had 29.89 million children in 1954, but this number gradually declined up until the baby boom in the 1970s. It showed a decline again after 1982.
Many factors have been blamed for the decline, ranging from a strict immigration policy, gender inequality, and even a lack of interest in not only having children, but also sexual activity among the young.
According to an October 2013 Guardian report, the Japan Family Planning Association (JFPA) said that 45 percent of Japanese women aged 16-24 “were not interested in or despised sexual contact.”
According to the data from the World Bank, Japan’s fertility rate is 1.4 births per woman, one of the lowest in the world.