Fumio Kishida on Japan Population Crisis: A serious crisis of decreasing population has arisen in Japan. Due to the decrease in the birth rate in the country, the restlessness of the government has increased. Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Monday (January 23) issued a stark warning about the country’s population crisis, saying that the country is facing a crisis due to the lowest birth rates. Not able to maintain social functions.
Addressing the MPs, Japan’s PM Fumio Kishida said that there can be no more waiting to overcome the crisis of decreasing population. He decided to proceed on the policy of ‘now or never’.
The crisis of declining population in Japan
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said, "Considering the stability and inclusiveness of our country’s economy and society, we keep child rearing support as our most important policy." Kishida further said that he wanted the government to double its spending on programs related to children and that a new government agency would be established in April to focus on the issue.
Lowest birth rate in Japan
Japan has the lowest birth rate in the world. According to an estimate by Japan’s Ministry of Health, less than 8 lakh births were recorded in 2022 for the first time since the birth rate record began in 1899. The country also has one of the highest life expectancies in the world. In 2020, about one in 1,500 people in Japan were 100 or older, according to government statistics.
The number of elderly people is increasing in Japan
The number of elderly people in the country is increasing. There is a shortage of people working there. In such a situation, the lack of sufficient number of youth is being felt to fill the gap in the stagnant economy and shrinking workforce. The government’s concern about the decreasing population has increased and the government wants to work fast to increase the birth rate.
Reason for decline in birth rate in Japan?
Experts point to several factors behind the low birth rate in Japan. These factors include the country’s high cost of living, limited space and lack of child care support in cities. The lack of support for child care is making it difficult to raise them. In such a situation, people do not believe in increasing the population of the family. Attitudes towards marriage and starting a family are also said to have changed in recent years.