Boosting the Birthrate
Earlier this month, a Japanese government advisory panel proposed for the first time a numerical target that, it said, would address the problem of Japan’s declining population.
The goal is to ensure a population of 100 million 50 years from now, which would mean raising the current total fertility rate of 1.4 births per woman to over 2 during the next 20 years, a tall order. Until now the government has refrained from setting a specific target for fear of intruding into private decisions about having children. Given present trends, Japan’s population will decrease from 127 million today to 87 million in 2060, at which point about 40 percent of the population will be older than 65. The economic and social consequences of the shrinking and aging population are dire.
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