Japan's prime minister says his country is on the brink of not being able to function as a society because of its falling birth rate.

Japan PM says country on the brink over falling birth rate

Image source, AFP via Getty Images Image caption, Japan is estimated to have had fewer than 800,000 births last year, down from more than two …
Kenjiro M. Yoshimori
I don't fault the USA for ending the WWII in the Pacific by dropping 2 Atom bombson Hiroshima and Nagasaki. I'm Japanese American, but I am ashamed at what Japan did in the War, Pearl Harbor, the labor camps, destruction of Nanking, China and Manchuria, the Phillipines, etc. during the war. The war would have dragged on if the bombs were not dropped. I don't fault the Emperor Hirohito either...he …More
I don't fault the USA for ending the WWII in the Pacific by dropping 2 Atom bombson Hiroshima and Nagasaki. I'm Japanese American, but I am ashamed at what Japan did in the War, Pearl Harbor, the labor camps, destruction of Nanking, China and Manchuria, the Phillipines, etc. during the war. The war would have dragged on if the bombs were not dropped. I don't fault the Emperor Hirohito either...he was a puppet. But, the USA caused enormous harm to Japan both regards to humanity, and economy, by the bombs. It was 15 years before Japan recovered. Also, the USA occupation forces, epitomised by Gen. MacArthur, had no respect really for Japanese culture. They tried to indoctrinate the people into everything American.....music, art, education, and sports (baseball and basketball......which had hardly been known in Japan). Then Japan got USA tv programs dubbed in Japanese in the late 1950's, and the push to discard traditional clothes (kimonos) in favor of USA(Western) dress wholesale. Even before the war, Japan started to discard traditional clothes in favor of European/Western dress....but after WWII it accelerated. USA clothes, food...and secularism started to seep into Japanese society.
Japan never really had a policy or tradition of having huge families, like in the West. The emphasis was always on male children, and girl babies (more than 1), were considered useless. This changed in the early part of the 20th century. But Japan never had a culture of having many children. It was usually 2-3, rarely 4 was the custome....never 5-6-7 or more.
That idea is from the USA. If the families can affort it, it is a good idea.😉
John A Cassani
Not that the emperor would be seen as the norm, but I think Hirohito had 7 children.
Kenjiro M. Yoshimori
Yes, having 7 children was/is a rarity in Japan, but his children were/are the former Emperor, Akihito, 89, Masahito (Prince Hitachi),87, Kazuko Takatsukasa(1929-1989) (married nobility)), Takako Shimazu,(married nobility) 83, Shigeko Higashikuni 1925-61,( married into nobility, died of stomach cancer), Sachiko(Princess Hisa) 1927-28(died at 6 months of age), Atsuko Ikeda, 91(left Imperial family …More
Yes, having 7 children was/is a rarity in Japan, but his children were/are the former Emperor, Akihito, 89, Masahito (Prince Hitachi),87, Kazuko Takatsukasa(1929-1989) (married nobility)), Takako Shimazu,(married nobility) 83, Shigeko Higashikuni 1925-61,( married into nobility, died of stomach cancer), Sachiko(Princess Hisa) 1927-28(died at 6 months of age), Atsuko Ikeda, 91(left Imperial family when she married a commoner) . Mostly all of Hirohito's children married nobility.
John A Cassani
This has been on the horizon for Japan for a very long time. I believe that the US occupying force got the Japanese to accept contraception, enthusiastically, following the war. It is very difficult to do rescue such a society. Ours is not far behind.
Ursula Sankt
This is unstoppable - coming everywhere.
Kenjiro M. Yoshimori
Even China!