The end of Japan?

NB: Some of my earliest blogs no longer have their accompanying images but enjoy the copy!

If you think the title of this week’s blog is just a post-apocalyptic story I’m working on, you’d be very wrong.

New research in Japan suggests that the population in Japan is falling at an even further rate than ever previously imagined. There are now 16.6m children under the age of 14 and this number is decreasing at an average of 1 every 100 seconds. More than 20% of the population is over the age of 65 and, as this percentage continues to rise, it will likely change the way that Japan interacts with the rest of the world. An ageing society typically becomes more risk-averse, withdrawing from international politics in favour of healthcare research and the economic problem posed by an elderly population.

The most shocking statistic from the research is that, if the population continues in the way it currently is, the last child could be born in Japan in 3011. That’s just under a millenium away. What surprised me the most about the research is how uninterested young Japanese people seem to be in sex. Having been to the country twice, I can safely say that the country isn’t embarrassed about sex; whether it’s in the form of the religiously-originated fertility festivals or the erotic doujinsi shops in Akihabara.

To find out why the population in Japan is continuing to shrink and the problems it poses, read the full article here.


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