by Carder and Jill
According to CNN, January 26:

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In a country where 12-hour workdays are common, the electronics giant [Canon] has taken to letting its employees leave early twice a week for a rather unusual reason: to encourage them to have more babies.

Japan is in the midst of an unprecedented recession, so corporations are being asked to work toward fixing another major problem: the country’s low birthrate….

At 1.34, the birthrate is well below the 2.0 needed to maintain Japan’s population….
One reason for the low birth rate is the 12-hour workday. But there are several other factors compounding the problem — among them, the high cost of living, and social rigidity toward women and parenting.
In addition, Japan’s population is aging at a faster pace than any other country in the world.
Analysts say the world’s second-largest economy faces its greatest threat from its own social problems, rather than outside forces. And the country desperately needs to make some fixes to its current social and work structures, sociologists say….

Japan is 25 years ahead of the US on abortion, having legalized it in 1948. A mother can abort up to 24 weeks. Shocker, according to the UN, Japan’s abortion high was 1955, “when more than 1,170,000 abortions were reported against about 1,731,000… live births. Thereafter, the number of induced abortions gradually decreased….”
Beginning in the late 90′s abortion began to rise again in Japan. In 2001, 342,000 abortions were committed.
That 1955 abortion stat is nearly the same as the US’s today, and our population is 300 million. In 1955 Japan’s population was 90 million. 50 years later it stalled at a putrid 128 million and has now incredibly begun to shrink.
Normally populations statistics are shaped like a pyramid, with many young people at the bottom with fewer and fewer people with age, as you see was normal in 1950 before the introduction of abnormal abortion and contraception. Now Japan’s population pyramid has tragically morphed into a rectangle. By 2050 Japan’s triangle will be inverted. That’s just incredible.
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CNN didn’t report the real underlying cause of Japan’s “desperate[]” population crisis: abortion. It’s politically incorrect.
[Photo courtesy of CNN]