In 2022, 799.7 thousand newborns were registered in Japan, which is the lowest figure in the country since records began in 1899. The agency reported Bloomberg 28th of February.
“We recognize that the falling birth rate is a critical situation. As far as I understand, many closely intertwined factors prevent people from realizing the desire to marry, have a child and raise him, ”the agency quotes the words of Yoshihiko Isozaki, Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary of Japan.
As noted “Gazeta.Ru”, the drop in the birth rate was 5.1% compared to 2021. This means that there will be a smaller labor force, as well as a reduction in the number of taxpayers.
In addition, adds Bloomberg, the cost of caring for the elderly in Japan is rising, draining the national treasury. At the same time, the government of the country is trying to increase the labor force at the expense of migrants and encourage working women.
Earlier, on January 22, The Japan Times reported that only 16.5% of surveyed Japanese aged 17 to 19 are confident that they will marry in the future. About 1,000 people took part in the survey. It is noted that only 12.4% of respondents plan to have children, and 33.2% admitted this possibility.
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