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Japan's Decreasing Population
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Posted 4/18/15
Japan is a country who is the sole embodiment the words "live to work not work to live" . Plus there are otakus/hikkimoris/NEETs that dwell heavily in Japan which is another problem. I'm pretty sure some Japanese people truly know the terrible situation the country is in. I hope they can do something before its too late.


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Well, there are already foreigners like us workin in the anime industry, producing stuff like Tokyo Ghoul and Yona of the Dawn.
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Posted 4/18/15 , edited 4/18/15

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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"...


If the population dips below 100M it's definitely a crisis. For now it seems bad, but not terrible. What you have to remember is with twice as many people with less than 14 years to live than those with less than 14 years alive that 250k population decrease a year could start to spike in the next 20 years until its 1 million a year if something isn't done. And while Tokyo is definitely overcrowded, even more so than Mexico City, Japan has a lot of countryside and is also facing a labor shortage believe it or not. By 2035 this could well take a toll on their economy, if it doesn't tank it much sooner.
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Posted 4/18/15
Looks like I'll have to go over there.
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This is a serious problem. The young work to help pay into the benefits for the old. But if there is not enough young people to pay taxes, that will start a slow drawdown of the Nations total budget, not to mention many other issues. This kind of problem takes a while to build up, but then also takes a while to fix. They need to do something before it gets out of hand.

For an example we can use Detroit, USA. 50 years ago Detroit had double the population. Now it is a perpetual downward cycle of a city who can no longer support itself due to urban flight. It doesn't have the population to support itself. Now imagine a country that all of a sudden cannot support itself as it becomes is full of retirees and the young totally outnumbered. That is what will happen if Japan continues on this trend. Japans high lifespan is another negative factor.

They way they are acting, its like their head is in the sand. I think Japan in 20-30 years will really be negatively affected by this if it doesn't improve.
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Now that I've gone to college and worked for little a while, I think I'd be okay with staying home and doing housework as long as there was time for my pet projects...but then I'd have to do something about my aversion to children...and my not being Japanese =/
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I too have been reading in the news how Japan's population is on the decline. Apparently, Japanese people are more interested in working overtime then spending time with their spouses or finding one to begin with... which then leads into the current trends in Japan about marital relations and the like. Apparently, a majority of Japanese citizens have no interest in sex whatsoever! Again, this correlates with the high percentages of Japanese people who care more about their careers. The issue about the decling population, in connection with the drop in the national birthrate, has the government on edge it seems and they are working on plans to loosen the national immigration laws to attract more foreigners in order to bolster the declining population.
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The love hotels there are pretty active so they're having plenty of sex. They just don't really have relationships, much less breeding though.
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I think it may be natural. My understanding is a VERY VERY high percentage of young people live in the big cities in very high population density. I think this may be naturally suppressing the need to reproduce. Sorta like if the world had say 20 billion people in place of 7. Think about it 150 years ago Americans where in are great expansion and population density was low and we reproduced like rabbits..

eh its a theory..
Posted 4/18/15 , edited 4/18/15
Honestly, I'm not worried. Not at this point, anyway. We tend to be overly accustomed to only growth in human populations, but it's actually normal for fluctuations to occur (this goes for all species). Yes, the economy will suffer for it; however, countries need to face the reality that both increases and decreases in populations occur, and learn to handle it. That said, Japan's work ethics are problematic.
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they should produce offsprings like China then. They know what they're doing. They know...
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Its something interesting to say the least. I wonder if the emigration rate has increased. If not its even more interesting.
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I'm sure this has nothing to do with it
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Posted 4/18/15 , edited 4/18/15

silversongwriter wrote:



I'm sure this has nothing to do with it


Why would I want to sleep with one woman the rest of my life when I can sleep with several that have different hairstyles every night???

On topic: I'd be willing to help them out if I were single. But, life is life.
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Only if this was the case for the rest of the world too. Mainly China, India, and the US.
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