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Posted 4/20/15
What? Really? But I thought the population was gradually increasing! I guess it's a good thing because Japan IS really overpopulated and could actually benefit from there being less people living there.
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Posted 4/20/15
I'm not that surprised and I think it has something to do with, like someone previously mentioned in this thread, with lack of immigration and an increasing number of women choosing work over children. The reason for this is that birth rates in developed countries have been dropping for a while now as birth control has become more convenient and accepted and people have families of 0,1, or 2 kids more than they have 3,4,5.... so the average is below 2 children which leads to population decline.

The reason countries like the US and those in Western Europe have increasing population is often due to immigration rates, which contribute to population growth both by directly adding new people and by the fact that these immigrants often have more than 2 children as that is often expected of them in their home countries. As far as I know some Japanese politicians have tried to loosen up anti-immigration policies in Japan, but to much opposition. As for how much longer this problem will drag on before the government does something major....well they've been aware of the problem of their aging population for quite a while actually so I wouldn't hold my breath for anything soon.
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Posted 4/20/15
It'd probably be the same for us if we weren't so lax with immigration.
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Posted 4/21/15

IshokuOsero wrote:

I always find commentary like yours funny. I don't think I've ever seen people out on the first few dates that had their phones in their hands the whole time - but if you're a couple months or so in then browsing a phone while waiting for food really isn't a big deal. My boyfriend and I both browse Facebook for funny posts while we're waiting for our meals out at restaurants. I don't think the phone thing is as big of a problem as people always seem to want to say it is. I mean if you're going to a movie theater for a date then you'll obviously be watching a movie the whole time, and that's a really common thing to do, especially on a first date. How is that any different?


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agreed. this isnt just japan its world wide especially in the U.S where when couples are on a date they stare at their phone at a restaurant *shakes head* or when students walk to school stare at their phones. i mean i like my phone too but just freaking talk to people...





Glad i could put a smile on your face! Well i should have elaborated on it a little more, Although i still do mean couples but its also like in groups. For instance i went with a few of my buddies (about 6 of us in total) sitting at a table and yes we do browse our phones a little to look for funny pics to pass the time but my group is special case cause we love getting into debates and look up the subject we are talking about. But other than that we have a rule: If its not on a debate topic phones in pocket or phones on table. but for like groups of friends around us they would even eat on their phones or where staring at their screens the whole time we were there either not talking or just mumbles. But then again non of my business nor maybe everytime i started to look they just happend to be on it. But anyways, im just saying i wish i would see more people talking normally to each other face to face without needing a phone to look at. But whatever works for you kudos! i just personally wouldnt like that.
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Posted 4/21/15

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Glad i could put a smile on your face! Well i should have elaborated on it a little more, Although i still do mean couples but its also like in groups. For instance i went with a few of my buddies (about 6 of us in total) sitting at a table and yes we do browse our phones a little to look for funny pics to pass the time but my group is special case cause we love getting into debates and look up the subject we are talking about. But other than that we have a rule: If its not on a debate topic phones in pocket or phones on table. but for like groups of friends around us they would even eat on their phones or where staring at their screens the whole time we were there either not talking or just mumbles. But then again non of my business nor maybe everytime i started to look they just happend to be on it. But anyways, im just saying i wish i would see more people talking normally to each other face to face without needing a phone to look at. But whatever works for you kudos! i just personally wouldnt like that.


I don't have a lot of friends so it's either my boyfriend and I or myself and another friend (sometimes boyfriend and one specific other friend, there's one person we're both close with after I introduced them). All of us know each other well and we're always talking to each other online or through text or through a phone game or online game we always play together, so if we go out for food we tend to not have much of anything to say. I could imagine not everyone is like that, but that doesn't mean everyone is just the other way around either. =P I might have a bit more of an advantage of being close to 30 with my friends being that way too, so we didn't grow up on cellphones therefore we aren't completely plastered to them 24/7 to the point where we can't contribute to a conversation that's going (I have seen that in younger 20's people, admittedly, like one acquaintance of mine that I know through a friend). But I've personally had a better time out when I have a phone near me than when I don't, since I'm kinda awkward too. It helps me to not stare at walls off in space. =P
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Posted 4/21/15
It's time for Japan to open the doors for immigrants.
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Posted 4/21/15
That's actually kinda sad when you think about it...

All the men and women are busy working rather than finding someone and settling down...

It's at times like this when you have to break out of idealism as a woman and stop working to raise a family!

Otherwise there won't be enough babies...
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Posted 4/21/15
Oh, whatsome. You silly goose.




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Posted 4/22/15 , edited 4/22/15
there's already enough humans on this earth... and ya'll want people to have more babies?



personally believe people in japan should adopt instead. don't know what adoption laws are in japan
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Posted 4/22/15

GayAsianBoy wrote:

there's already enough humans on this earth... and ya'll want people to have more babies?



personally believe people in japan should adopt instead. don't know what adoption laws are in japan


exactly. 7 billion persons are already polluting this earth. i don't think we need more.
Posted 4/22/15
According to NHK documentary I watched about a year ago, I believe 1/3 or 1/4 of populations in Japan are elder who are older than 65. With decrease of younger generation, who's going to pay their social security.

Elementary school I attended in Japan will shut down due to low amount of children in the neighborhood.
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Posted 4/23/15 , edited 4/23/15

Meijin-san wrote:

According to NHK documentary I watched about a year ago, I believe 1/3 or 1/4 of populations in Japan are elder who are older than 65. With decrease of younger generation, who's going to pay their social security.

Elementary school I attended in Japan will shut down due to low amount of children in the neighborhood.


japan's per capita income is 37,790$ in PPP. i doubt anyone needs to worry about their social security. their population density is 336 people per square kilometre. and that's high too. decrease in population is actually good for everybody.
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Posted 4/28/15 , edited 4/29/15
Good, less people, and no one did any Genocide this time!
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