Skip to comments.Incredible Shrinking Country (Japan faces swift demographic collapse)
Posted on 04/29/2012 8:46:33 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
THE Children of Men, P. D. Jamess 1992 novel, is set in a future where the worlds male population has become infertile, and an aging Britain is adapting to the human races gradual extinction. Women push dolls in baby carriages. Families baptize kittens. There are state-run national porn shops to stimulate the flagging male libido. Suicide flourishes. Immigrants are welcomed as guest laborers but expelled once they become too old to work. The last children born on earth the so-called Omegas have grown up to be bored, arrogant, antisocial and destructive.
Jamess book, like most effective dystopias, worked by exaggerating existing trends the plunge in birthrates across the developed world, the spread of voluntary euthanasia in nations like the Netherlands and Switzerland, the European struggle to assimilate a growing immigrant population.
But one developed nation is making Children of Men look particularly prophetic. In Japan, birthrates are now so low and life expectancy so great that the nation will soon have a demographic profile that matches that of the American retirement community of Palm Springs. Gradually but relentlessly, the demographer Nick Eberstadt writes in the latest issue of The Wilson Quarterly, Japan is evolving into a type of society whose contours and workings have only been contemplated in science fiction.
Eberstadt has spent years writing about the challenges posed by declining fertility around the globe. But Japan, he notes, is a unique case. The Japanese birthrate hovers around just 1.3 children per woman, far below the level required to maintain a stable population. Thanks to increasing life expectancy, by 2040 there could almost be one centenarian on hand to welcome each Japanese newborn. Over the same period, the overall Japanese population is likely to decline by 20 percent, with grim consequences for an already-stagnant economy
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Ah, I guess it was time for another fun round of "lets not read the article."
The problem is people not even having sex in the first place.
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) - Hundreds of protesters marched on Saturday in New York City against what they say are setbacks to equal rights and reproductive rights for women.
Saturdays march against the war on women was one of dozens around the country.
Protesters marched from Washington Square down Broadway to Foley Square.
They chanted Not the church, not the state, women must control their fate.
Brenda Reiss says she was taking part in the protest because of efforts in several states to restrict access to abortion and contraception. She says women will not be shoved back in the kitchen barefoot and pregnant.
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Read the comments at the original story. “There are too many people!”.....”There’s not enough food!”.....Fear of what might be has killed more people in the last couple of hundred years (i.e. communism, fascism, abortion, liberalism) then weapons have. Cowards......a generation of selfish, self-absorbed, self-serving cowards.....
Africans can't make a success of a Continent filled with natural resources - can you imagine the horror they would create after taking over an island without out ONE natural resource?
Hey Hey! Ho Ho!
Feminazis have to go!
After Korea, my Dad was stationed in Japan where I learned what “Nisei” and “Sansei” meant, referring to the Americans among us who spoke no Japanese and bore only an ethnic resemblance to the local populace.
Later on when I learned the history of the 442d Regimental Combat Team in WWII, the heroics of that unit became easier to understand when I recalled the Nisei folks I had known.
Japan is Japan, and it is a very different place & culture from the rest of the world’s peoples of Japanese ancestry.
From the article you linked: "Such people, Dr. Tsuda concluded, do not fit the usual notion of a transnational community."
The "usual notion" of the author is presumably that everyone should shed their cultural norms and join the faceless drones of international socialism.
Japanese Brazilians and Peruvians would be a source of potential immigrants.
In a perverted country where children are sex objects (kiddie porn possession is legal)... who wants to have children? They obviously have no idea what the problem really is.
I love Japanese humor, I love their anime, their people are attractive.
However, I know how much they like me.
We go to Korean shops to get everything Japanese because they will actually talk to us there.
Easier than a bris.
Honshu, Japans largest island, has a population density of 1157 people per square mile, greater than that Rhode Island and about six times that of North Carolina. Who can blame the Japanese for wanting some space?
Packed together like sardines. Thats healthy?
Yeah I saw that comment at the bottom of the article. However, they person who wrote it misses the point. The Japanese aren’t committing demographic suicide because they want more personal space. They’re doing it because as a people they’ve lost the desire to be a people. Its a lot more complicated than that, but that’s the executive summary.
He was a brave man who first baptized a kitten.
But not as brave as the man who first circumcised one.
[doffs hat and bows head]
At that density we could stuff the world’s population into the USA and Canada.
That’s one person per half acre. Sustainable, if not comfortable.
I don’t have access to the bedrooms of the Japanese people so I wouldn’t know about their sexual habits, however....the figures on abortion are available even if not precise.
Perhaps the aborted were all conceived by IVF or something?
>> They chanted Not the church, not the state, women must control their fate.
I wonder if the LORD finds that amusing. Or not.
It’s tough being an early adopter.
A friend is having her 14th. They’re doing fine, though living on a farm helps a lot of the food costs.