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Government surveys of the Japanese population reveal unprecedented numbers no longer see having children as “necessary,” with some 60% of men and women in their twenties and thirties seeing no need to bother reproducing.

The Cabinet Office public opinion polls, covering over 3,000 people, found an overall 38.7% of men and 46.4% of women saw no need to have children.

Of these, 63% of those in their twenties and 59% of those in their thirties had no interest in children.

Additionally, 55.1% of respondents opposed the statement “The husband should work outside and protect the family,” an increase of 3% from the previous survey.

The government explains the changes as being because “diversification of people’s ways of life has proceeded.”

Many are interpreting these results not so much as a lack of interest, but rather a lack of ability – general perceptions of both marriage and childrearing are that they are prohibitively expensive for those of only average means…


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    Comment by ImBZppl
    11:44 06/12/2009 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    and they are blaming the downfall of anime on fansubbing?
    its totally because there is no longer a child fanbase to attract!
    they need babies or their anime industry will fall

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    Comment by Fapping Time
    23:55 06/12/2009 # ! Good (+0.4)

    just means your anime collection will be worth millions...

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:29 06/12/2009 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Nothing strange. Live in Japan for a while and you will understand. For a salaryman/woman a child is only the cost. In a society, where everything is very expensive and a human lives only on the salary children are absolutely unnecessary. In previous ages, where people lived in majority on their work in the field, children were a big help and evidently the insurance policy + retirement fund. When parents were too old to work in the field, children work and give protection and welfare to their parents. In situation, where retirement funds are obligatory for everybody and guaranteed by the state, no one wants to have children - it is always better to have pension funded by children of which raising costs were covered by other "jackasses".

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    Comment by Rococo
    13:52 07/12/2009 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    yeah, except for the obvious problem the article's about - who replaces these people? Yes that makes sense from a purely monetary standpoint, however, that purely monetary standpoint is founded on a concept humans invented - basically money is make-believe, like time. Concepts our culture is built upon, and inseperable from.
    These people have rather lost touch with some basic logic here. It's not a very well-thought out plan, kind of like using gum to seal a proverbial dam leak - sure it's incredibly cost effective for the moment, and works. But you're setting yourself up for amusing New Orleans-sized dam-related problems in the future...
    Perhaps if the cost of living wasn't as high, people'd have money to raise children. However, that probably doesn't solve the "we don't need kids at all" mentality the Japanese seem to have - it's not worth the trouble to them.
    then again, it's not worth the trouble to me, either... This post brought to you from out my own ass!

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:06 06/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    They won't be extinct but probably turn into something like the Tleilaxu

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    Comment by Smiling Jack
    22:10 06/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    They can see how it feels to be like their wolves and Iriomote cat in a few decades.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:59 06/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    This is becoming like Manabi Straight!.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:09 06/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    This is why Japan have many lolicons.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:26 06/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    i can understand not wanting to bring children in to this fucked up world...

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:12 07/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's has always striken me as ironic that, all while birth rates in Japan have plunged, the overall ethnic japanese population across its many colonies worldwide has enjoyed a fairly healthy net growth. However that buys the motherland nothing, because nationalistic types have a hard time accepting even the idea of ethnic "pure" japanese descendants acquiring full citizenship.

    I believe that in the end, when only about 17 ethnic japanese remain in the islands, they will start to more seriously consider the need for immigration - but then, they'll probably prefer to give citizenship rights to androids. -_-

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    Comment by kajunbowser
    05:59 07/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Accepting such results in a cavalier manner will be detrimental to their nation, or have they forgotten that their birth rate is fukken low. This should spur a copy of the well-known Swedish(?) govt program to encourage procreation for the betterment of Japan.

    Otherwise, easy takeover for China or N. Korea in the future.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:11 07/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    But Japan is fucking crowded already. Stop being so selfish.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:09 07/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    it is necessary where will ppl get loli porn?

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:53 07/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Seriously, I think people are slowing moving over to their 2D man

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    Comment by Riiku
    02:56 07/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Everything that's done is done for the best. And I say it would be best if humanity seized to exist.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:59 07/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sure - after finishing their role in the creation of Machinekind.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:01 07/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Dd I say "their role"? Sorry, I meant "our role". Because, you know, I'm human too. Just like all you guys. Yeah, I'm a completely normal, boring, stupid smelling human meatbag just like the lot of you!

    I am noooormal!!!

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    Comment by Rethardus
    19:09 06/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ouch. At this rate, it's not looking good for the Japanese population.

    First there are more herbivorous men, then there were less people getting married, now they don't want children.

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    Comment by Sukunai
    21:22 06/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Having kids just to support the economy is likely the dumbest justification imaginable. Fuck the economy, it's not like that pattern of thinking can be sustained.
    But Japan WILL suffer in the long term if rival nations refuse to limit their numbers. Granted I see the Chinese and people in India eventually having troubles feeding billions where everyone else is feeding millions.
    All Japan has to do is TOTALLY close their borders and they will do just fine. It's the same with the US, all they need to do is shoot illegal Mexicans on sight and problem solved. Not that they can, as they let too many in and then allowed them to vote.
    It's not about room either. Canada has room to waste, yet our population still needs to EXPAND to maintain the economic status quo.
    But I have a son, and I think he's the best thing that ever happened to me. Picking a career over having kids, on the basis of a career is 'better' is fucked in the head thinking. Abstaining from having kids on the basis of you can't provide for them might be a good reason though. But there is one firm rule. If you wait till 'you can afford them' get used to being childless.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:22 07/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    How retarded are you? Since when does the US let illegals vote? You are either some dumb redneck or don't live in the US.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:29 08/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    At Anon 13:22

    Open your eyes, the current party in the White House are making serious power plays as far as the national census that and the fact that Nancy Pelosi wants to provide millions of current Illegals amnesty and Drivers Licenses so they can work.

    Hence the right to vote for them...

    One of many reasons why I wrote in Ron Paul during the past election.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:16 06/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Good God, they need to do way instain mother...

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:34 06/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Holy shit... Are they so eager to plant the seed of extinction here?

    I can't make anything out of this.....

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:30 06/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well, children are a financial burden to most people.

    Does Japan lack government backing to fund children-related programs?

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:26 06/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Not one person in the Japanese government atm is below 60years of age,not one.

    The reason they gave about these results shows how unable they are to maneuver around this obstacle(and a whole many others like teen prostitution etc).

    I think that as long Japanese have their racial trait of having complete and unwavering faith in their leadership the problems are only going to escalate :S.

    I may be completely wrong tho.I hope I am at least.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:48 07/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well... They did vote against the then ruling party... And elected the opposition... So MAYBE things could get better?

    Comment by Nin
    20:51 06/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    now if only Africa would think this way...

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:30 06/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Africa isn't a problem. The average family is lucky if two of their 5+ children reach adulthood. In some African countries half the population has AIDS (which there is spread by heterosexual sex - the husbands fucking others than their wives e.g. because of being lonely working in a faraway city to support his family), and a lot of children who die before the age of 7 because of being born with AIDS. Essentially, they HAVE to outbreed the amount of child deaths lest they all die out - and no, that would not be a good thing no matter how much the KKKers want it to be.

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    Comment by BlaqCat
    20:44 06/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    ::sigh:: Looks like I'll lose that bet with my brother about the japanese dieing out...

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:43 06/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well, we'll just have to count on the other 40%. Good luck, 40%! The future of my anime rests on your shoulders.

    Comment by Dark Mage
    03:09 08/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I see something similar to what happened in the Clones Wars happening in Japan in the future.
    Babies will be cloned in huge labs.
    Not sure if they'll ware the armor but some of them probably will.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:12 08/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    GLORIOUS NIPPON will slowly become extinct.

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    Comment by Krauser
    01:50 29/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    unellmay02 said:
    But children are unnecessary =C

    I mean look at all the shitty products coming from the Chinese sweatshops

    that was lolworthy. america is weeding out the weak babies with "baby hammocks" there was a story in the news recently about the baby hammocks suffocating babies......baby doom!

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    Comment by Shi nai weaboo
    01:36 29/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    But children are unnecessary =C

    I mean look at all the shitty products coming from the Chinese sweatshops

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:59 13/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Japan is fucked. If there aren't enough of a new generation and their old generation gets outed, they're gonna be in a tough predicament. Solution: immigration. But alas their Xenophobic attitude will be their downfall. Either produce more babies or perish Japan.

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    Comment by Mika the Banned
    01:33 29/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Dont be dumb Fai this an article not just a thread.

    Comment by Blank
    01:30 29/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    ... I see ban-hammer incoming for thread-necromancing...

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    Comment by Rokudaime
    08:47 27/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I have nothing to say against this trend. I don't ever want any children either, nor do I see the point of marriage, since I'm an atheist, not to mention it only brings disadvantages and no advantages, especially in case of any future divorce, if that should happen. And lord knows our planet earth would be happy if our numbers went down a little instead of continuing to grow. Course, I wouldn't want the japanese to die out, that would mean no manga or anime. ^^ To anyone thinking I'm too extreme: careface.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:57 10/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I am disgusted at over half the posts here.

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    Comment by Akagi
    07:30 27/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Japan does not have a birthrate problem, they have an overpopulation problem. There are too many retired people chasing after the salaries of too few people coming into the system. The reason people aren't having kids is because it costs too damn much and thus doesn't make sense logically. That is the market cooking up a solution to the population problem. There are too many people competing for too few resources, so the cost of everything rises and living becomes that much harder. Bringing less people in the system is exactly what they need to reign in the cost of living. Instead of fighting the cure they should be embracing it. Maybe they'll have some elbow room in a couple generations if they keep it up.

    If Japan depopulates down to like 100,000 Japanese then the people that say the Japanese are going extinct might have a point, but we all know that's not going to happen.

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    Comment by 国之常 さくら
    01:00 29/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    My thoughts exactly, also my mind feels calm a little. Thanks to your nice comment.

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    Comment by icecoldgangstaa
    16:17 29/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm not surprised the Japanese population is declining.

    Avatar of BloodThirstyNogitsune
    14:33 19/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    and the remaining 40% of Japan are too busy with their families to leave a statement

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    Comment by 国之常 さくら
    01:06 29/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Akagi said:
    Japan does not have a birthrate problem, they have an overpopulation problem. There are too many retired people chasing after the salaries of too few people coming into the system. The reason people aren't having kids is because it costs too damn much and thus doesn't make sense logically. That is the market cooking up a solution to the population problem. There are too many people competing for too few resources, so the cost of everything rises and living becomes that much harder. Bringing less people in the system is exactly what they need to reign in the cost of living. Instead of fighting the cure they should be embracing it. Maybe they'll have some elbow room in a couple generations if they keep it up.

    If Japan depopulates down to like 100,000 Japanese then the people that say the Japanese are going extinct might have a point, but we all know that's not going to happen.

    My thoughts exactly, also my mind feels calm a little. Thanks to your nice comment.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:05 07/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    If only the western world (and china) thought that way too.

    Comment by Dark Mage
    03:11 08/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    China does and it's strictly enforced remember their one child policy.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:01 07/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Great insight. My highest salute to the Japanese young generation. Maybe it can inspire all those retards in the poor areas to stop breeding like rats and pollute Earth with more retarded brats...

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:37 07/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yep, 20 years give or take a few years and I'll be ready to move to Japan.

    They'll be desperate for inmigrants by then.

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    Comment by Blitz
    11:08 07/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I can assure you that they won't be desperate for people like you.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:55 07/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I wish the rest of the world thought the same way.

    Comment by Busy
    12:07 06/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    That remembers me of the fact that more and more females in the age of 40+ get testube babies so there sure will always be some babies.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:38 06/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Women near the age of 40 have a higher chance of having a baby with genetic abonormalities.

    Its a scientific fact.

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    Comment by stillcode
    17:28 06/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Actually, the chances of giving birth to a baby with genetic defects increases as early as age 25. If a woman wants to have children she should do it before she's 25. Evolutionarily and throughout the majority of human history, women have been bearing children from their early-mid teens. Go against evolution and suffer the consequences at your baby's risk.
    http://www.musckids.com/health_library/hrpregnant/over30.htm

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:20 07/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    ^I agree with this avatar

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    Comment by Fonzer
    12:58 06/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    a drop of quality?

    I really haven't checked how much these testube babies are good for.And i even don't know how long they are using that.

    But a 40y old women can have more problems which could effect the childs health,eh even when test tube are there,it's still the same genetical risk i think.But hey those are just some increased factors,they don't need to happen at all.









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