Fumio Kishida’s National Assembly Policy Speech: No Time to Wait, Make Great Efforts to Reverse the Fertility Problem

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida delivered a policy speech in the Diet on January 23. During this period, his series of harsh words on aging and low birth rate issues attracted intense media attention. As the most prominent part of various media reports, the Japanese Prime Minister mentioned in today’s speech: “Japan has stood on the verge of whether it can continue to function as a society. This problem can no longer be delayed.” According to the prediction of the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, the number of newborns in Japan will fall below 800,000 in 2022, setting a record low. | Related reading (Financial Association)

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Japan’s total population of 124 million has 800,000 newborns, which is similar to China’s 1.4 billion population with less than 10 million newborns. Japan is far more developed and advanced than China, and its per capita GDP ranks among the highest in the world. Low fertility rate is a negative product of economic development. In Japan, many young people “do not want to have children”, while in China they “do not dare to have children”. There is still an essential difference.

Japan’s aging problem is more serious than China’s. The proportion of people over 65 years old exceeds China’s. The retirement age has been raised to 70 years old, but many people over 70 years old are still working. Japan’s pension will also be consumed around 2050. Exhausted. Therefore, changing the population structure has become an important national policy of Japan.

Chinese people who have been to Japan are amazed by the convenience of life in Japan and the friendly environment for pregnant women and infants, but this has not brought about an increase in the birth rate. This will be a lesson for China. Improving the willingness to have children is not something that can only be solved by the government’s incentive policies. To change people’s ideas requires the joint efforts of many generations.

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