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No babies, no future: Japan, and eventually, us

Posted by Joseph on 12 February, 2013

Taro Aso, Japan’s finance minister, has only been on the job for a month but he’s already stirred up enough controversy to last a lifetime.

In January, he made headlines around the world when he told a panel on social security reforms that the elderly should be permitted to “hurry up and die.” That is the kind of comment that both causes great offense and hits too close to home.
What happens when you have an increasingly aging population without any children to care for the elderly?
It hits too close to home because much of Japan’s ever-more-dire fiscal problems can be traced to the country’s demographics. But the problem lies at the beginning of life, not the end.

To put Aso’s comments in context, there are several things you need to know about Japanese demographics and its economic impact. First of all, nearly a quarter of Japan’s population is over sixty-five. That percentage is projected to rise to nearly 40 percent by 2050.

more at: http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/no-babies-no-future-japan-and-eventually-us

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