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Posted 4/18/15

Japan’s population has shrunk for the fourth year running, falling back to a level it was last at in 2000, the government said. More than one in four people are now 65 or older.

The population dropped by 0.17%, or 215,000 people, to 127,083,000 as of 1 October last year, according to the data released on Friday. The figure includes long-staying foreigners.

The number of people aged 65 or over rose by 1.1 million to 33 million and now outnumber those aged 14 or younger by two to one.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/apr/18/japanese-population-falls-to-15-year-low
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Posted 4/18/15 , edited 4/22/15
Earth is overpopulated as it is. Tokyo has one of the highest population densities on the planet, so that's good news. Also I blame pillow waifus.
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Posted 4/18/15 , edited 4/18/15
In Japan there are:

1)Girls who will get on their knees and lick doorknobs.

2)Guys who, instead of talking to these girls will play dating simulators and hug anime-girl pillows instead.

3)A semi-serious problem with low birth rates

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For a country that pumps out hentai/Eroge doujins and JAV like a factory it always boggles my mind whenever I see this study pop up again and again given how sexually charged a large portion of their population is.

Japan has a serious problem with over-working its citizens. They need to actually incentivize people into getting married and making some damn babies.

Also, the entire hikkimori population needs to leave the "gal games" alone and actually go out and meet women/men.

Staying true to your waifu does not make you a good husbando.
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Posted 4/18/15
Looks like dating sims and body pillows are really paying off.
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Posted 4/18/15

AzazelOfNexium wrote:

For a country that pumps out hentai/Eroge doujins and JAV like a factory it always boggles my mind whenever I see this study pop up again and again given how sexually charged a large portion of their population is.

Japan has a serious problem with over-working its citizens. They need to actually incentivize people into getting married and making some damn babies.

Also, the entire hikkimori population needs to leave the "gal games" alone and actually go out and meet women/men.

Staying true to your waifu does not make you a good husbando.




Obviously neither of the sexes knows how to communicate their interests to the other.
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Posted 4/18/15 , edited 4/18/15
I have to disagree with the waifu problem. Waifus do not cause falling relationships, bad relationships causes waifus. The problem lies at being overworked which means not much time to dedicate to relationships=not worth it. It's also bad how married women are expected to do housework rather than actual work so some women just don't marry.
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Posted 4/18/15 , edited 4/18/15
Like stated above, most people in Japan are less interested in having children. This is due to the fact that a lot of women in Japan would actually prefer to work and be able to leisurely sustain themselves, and to do this, they normally decide against children(being that children do take a lot of time and money to raise).



But, another big problem is that Japan is really, really, really! hellbent on keeping itself purely Japanese.
They don't want people other than Japanese in their country, or their Japanese citizens to breed with people other than Japanese, so it's typically very hard to get a residency there if you're any other ethnicity.
Because of this, there's pretty much no one immigrating there, and as much as all us Japanese culture loving freaks want to, it's almost virtually impossible for us to actually move to Japan when we grow up and stuff.

I would definitely agree that this population decrease is doing a little good for Japan right now since it's very densely populated, but if they keep rejecting both immigration and children, they will all eventually begin to just grow old and die out. (Which I'm really hoping won't happen because that would have quite the impact on the production of anime and manga..)
Posted 4/18/15
Quite interesting. I'm just interested to see what happens.
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I'm sure that when or if the Japanese people feel this is a problem they can easily pass governmental safeguards that support parenting and thus making it a more attractive option..
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i'd be glad to add to it

.. unfortunately i am neither japanese nor do i live in japan
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I'd be more than happy to lend a hand with that population problem :).

On a more serious note though I can kind of understand why their population is taking a drop. From what I have observed not only Japanese girls but Japanese society seems to have some standards that are really difficult for a guy to meet and enjoy life at the same time.

As long as you have a good source of income I would actually imagine it might even be easier to be a foreigner in Japan than it is being Japanese. From what my friend says, Japanese people don't expect much of foreigners so you can usually get away with a lot just by feigning ignorance. He says a lot of them approach him almost like he's handicapped.
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Posted 4/18/15

xxJing wrote:

I'd be more than happy to lend a hand with that population problem :).

On a more serious note though I can kind of understand why their population is taking a drop. From what I have observed not only Japanese girls but Japanese society seems to have some standards that are really difficult for a guy to meet and enjoy life at the same time.

As long as you have a good source of income I would actually imagine it might even be easier to be a foreigner in Japan than it is being Japanese. From what my friend says, Japanese people don't expect much of foreigners so you can usually get away with a lot just by feigning ignorance. He says a lot of them approach him almost like he's handicapped.


This is true my marine recruiter says the same thing. I wonder why the Japanese are so xenophobic in the first place.
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I had a really good conversation about this with a Japanese friend of mine a few weeks back. From our discussion it boils down to a decent amount of 'key factors.'

Economically, Japan is as stagnant as ever, as this only exasperates their cultural 'work-to-death' problem. Men are becoming busier with work and with less time and energy to put into creating a family, let alone the extra finances.

Japan also doesn't have systems in place that allow women to have a family, while continuing to work. Recently, the government has been discussing plans to better this, one of them being broadened maternity support. Until this is successful, women will continue to opt out of the dating world and instead join the workforce, there is hardly a middle ground at this point.

I would have to disagree with the population density argument, however. While Tokyo is an incredibly densely populated area, there is a significant portion of Japan which is much more loosely populated. With a better economy, and more industries setting up in the smaller cities, the density problem of Tokyo will go down over time.

That age distribution curve though >< let's revitalize the percentage of youth with a new generation of half-Japanese kids?
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Posted 4/18/15 , edited 4/18/15
So at what point does this "problem" become a "crisis"? Is there some official governmental population number that will turn awareness into action? Not criticizing or anything, people should live as they damn well please, but this situation is most fascinating given Japans...*ahem*...recreational "interests"...
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