1 in 6 Japanese Women Have Had Abortions


The determination of Japanese women not to reproduce is increasing – recent statistics indicate 1 in 6 Japanese women have had an abortion, with a third of these having had multiple abortions.

According to a study conducted by the Japan Family Planning Association and published by the Ministry of Health, 15.5% of 16 to 49-year-old Japanese women questioned reported they have artificially terminated a pregnancy, and of these 35.6% have done so several times.

In 2008 the same study found 14.9% had abortions and 25.4% had done so more than once.

Asked why they had the procedure, 27.4% reported “I couldn’t have the child as I’m not married to the father”, 13.3% “had no economic interest in having a child,” 11.9% “couldn’t trace out a future with the father” and 7.4% “didn’t want to quit work or education.”

Women who underwent multiple abortions tended to report failing to use contraception in their first sexual encounters, and it is surmised from the data that these women may have had deficient education about sex.

Abortion is actually illegal in Japan, but, in accordance with the bizarre Japanese predilection for creating absurd loopholes to get around utterly pointless laws instead of removing the actual law, abortions are in practice unconditionally available to all women if they make an (entirely untested) plea of economic hardship to a doctor.

For comparison purposes, at least 40% of US women and 33% of UK women are thought to have had at least one abortion, suggesting Japan’s woeful knowledge of contraception and liberal sexual mores are not such a big deal after all.

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    Avatar of Gradius
    Comment by Gradius
    10:20 23/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.5)

    We are coming to 7 billion people on uber satured Mother Earth! We need to stop making babies ASAP! Less people on the Earth is a very good thing. Before is too late. Of course, I don't mean 0 people, but a ZERO would be nice too!

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:26 23/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    It's not a good thing. Old people live because young people work. You can't cut off the second one...

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:36 23/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Yes you can, social security is dead. The next generation of old people will not be supported by the young.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:44 23/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    well, it would be nice if humanity would think ahead once in a while
    we cant just cut the population growth here and now and think it wont cause trouble
    not doing anything at all is doom of course
    i would like to postpone world war 3 till im at least 40
    whos with me?

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:08 31/07/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    we need to decrease the life expectancy of humans

    we are to healthy

    social security is nothing but a pyramid scheme

    you are not putting your money into savings your putting your money to help those that are using it then

    therefore it will only increase as time goes on unless the younger generation population is way larger than the older generation

    Comment by Kudeh
    10:27 23/01/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    The problem is that the countries having fewer babies are the ones that are able to support their populations and that are net contributors to the world, whereas the ones having lots of babies are the ones that already have trouble feeding everyone.

    What we need is *more* babies in Japan and fewer babies in places like Africa and India.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:01 23/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Emphasis on Africa.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:05 23/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    and china

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    Comment by Patches
    14:37 23/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    China has essentially rid its problem of over population due to their one child per family law. However, places like India are a different story.

    Comment by Anonymous

    And fewer illegal aliens with no education jumping over borders because their own countries leadership is incompetent.

    Comment by Anonymous

    yes yes anon, cause there is one government that is completely perfect.. go on give me one, i will tell u one of their flaw straight away

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    Comment by yuriphoria
    10:28 23/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Unfortunately born again Christians reproduce like 6 times more than intelligent people so no. The solution is for smart people to have many children, have their children build robots and conquer the world, the only way it can be conquered... violently and at the expense of the weaker... this sounds like harsh social Darwinism, which smart people hate but stupid people equate with teaching evolution, a.k.a. a proper education... who would figure that they are the ones pushing us in this direction.

    Comment by Kudeh
    10:33 23/01/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Christianity isn't the worst religion when it comes to making women breed like rabbits. No, there's one out there that's even worse...

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    Comment by Satu
    12:54 23/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)


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    Comment by yuriphoria
    23:11 23/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I've got to give you this one, Muslim countries in Africa are the worst offenders in the department of unnecessary population growth, invading them wouldn't be a problem and yet is probably not even necessary. If wealthy countries just stopped giving charity support, African countries will either go extinct or kick themselves into self-sustainability by work of miracles.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:37 23/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    religion is the downfall of civilization.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:52 23/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    ... and the cornerstone, but why bother study history, right?

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:36 23/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Agriculture is the cornerstone of civilization; religion was simply an unfortunate byproduct used to explain fickle and unpredictable seasons.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:52 23/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Don't you think it's ironic then that educated ("smart") people have sex less often?

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:38 23/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    They have fewer babies, not necessarily less sex. That said, men with exceedingly high IQs are usually lacking in other departments -- social skills, for example.

    You can't think your way into a woman's pants.

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    Comment by Selkie
    17:10 23/01/2011 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    They probably know about things like birth control and are more likely to use them because they don't buy the "one-time-without-wont-hurt"-rule.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:56 25/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    You can't reason with -Attraction- no matter how much you think about it intelligently.

    I screwed a girl because I told her "No" when I met her, and pushed her away from me at a bar.

    3 weeks later, I was fucking her and her face at full force leaving a nice crew of semen sailing her cheek. I didn't think about it. She did all the thinking herself. All I did was act natural and low and behold.

    I'm the one fucking have sex, and the smart nerds like you.. are not.

    Women will fuck you, if you don't want them too, if you want to fuck them... your better off fucking your hands.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:20 30/08/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I think it's cute that you think anyone actually believes your story. The fatal flaw in it is that you actually get laid in it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:28 23/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    uber saturated? not really. almost one third of our world's population is in India and China. it's not just the total population we have to consider, its also the distribution. 7 billion people spread over the entirety of the earth would not be too bad, although it would still not be perfect.

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    Comment by Fred
    10:58 23/01/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Its not like you can march into someone elses country and tell them to abort their kids. That's the kind of thing that starts wars.
    Moreover I don't think its the number of people in itself that is causing the biggest problems. Its our wasteful use of resources and poor living habits that do the damage.

    1 billion or 10 billion, we're headed for a wreck if we don't start cleaning up after ourselves.

    Comment by Kudeh
    11:04 23/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    "Its not like you can march into someone elses country and tell them to abort their kids. That's the kind of thing that starts wars"

    Thankfully, the countries that need more abortions are the kind of countries we can win wars against (inb4 China; they've sorted out their birth rate).

    Let's face it, invading and occupying a few African countries would be no trouble as long as our economies and voters support it. India poses a few more problems, but we wouldn't really need to occupy; we'd just have to rape them, leave, and hope that a civil war breaks out (which is very likely in such a diverse country).

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:02 23/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Sadly, the general consensus is "Why should I bother because when i'm dead it will no longer be my problem." This attitude can also be applied to monstrous deficits that exist within many countries or with any real problem that can't be solved anytime soon.

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    Comment by Angel
    13:32 24/01/2011 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    lol, shoganai your solution to over population is to rape and pillage other countries ??? Even if the politicians gets the willpower to stand up to countries like north korea forget china,india, there is no way a bunch of geriatrics gonna go on rape and pillage where they don't even want to have sex with their spouses.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:54 23/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    What we need is the Uroboros Virus that will weed out the weak from the strong.

    The weak will be turned into sterile traps...And the strong into loli futanaris~

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:02 23/01/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    ...I'm okay with this

    15:41 23/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)


    Comment by Anonymous
    11:38 23/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Wow, sounds pretty hot. Get working on this.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:07 23/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    You know what the sad part of your post is? People with more say on the matter have said the SAME THING in the past to people who could actually do something about it and have been shot down each time. Nothing they can do now but say, "told ya so."

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:12 23/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    The problem is that third worlders are having too many children and the smarter, more productive races are having too few. : (

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    Comment by Ballatician

    There needs to be a massive late term abortion to everyone in America.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Preferably by the use of metal at high speed

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    Comment by Yourtime
    11:11 23/01/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    hm ok

    Avatar of Kwonnie
    Comment by Kwonnie
    11:18 23/01/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    What. The. Hell.

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    Comment by Yoshii-kun
    11:20 23/01/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    How random...

    Avatar of Anonymous RAW GM
    Comment by Anonymous RAW GM

    I don't approve abortion.

    Avatar of Lonesnipa
    Comment by Lonesnipa
    11:57 23/01/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    While I don't care for abortion one way or another, seriously people stop using abortions as fucking birth control please. Its freaking wasteful. That theres more then 1% of women who've gotten an abortion is freaking terrible. I can understand not being able to take care of a child, or problems due to rape, etc, but in the case of the first, birth control ftw, and in the second, there are options to make sure you don't have a child you can take within a day or two. Gah.

    Avatar of Anonymous RAW GM
    Comment by Anonymous RAW GM

    You're gay too and so as your name and your avatar, xXeM0xXsKaTexXsCenE.

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    Comment by Bazzyrick
    12:52 23/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    1 in 6 is 16.66%. US is 40%. UK is 33%.

    Makes it more interesting that they can so easily get around the law to get that 16.6% in the first place.

    Also I think some people didnt realise the actual percentage is lower than the UK and US, before commenting :P

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:54 23/01/2011 # ! Drivel (-1.0)

    So, what? All the "cool" kids are into genocide?

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    Comment by Noodlestein
    13:31 23/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    US/UK is THOUGHT to be, and assuming that its not just poor word choice means that there isn't a legit survey(or survey at all) of US or UK women to properly support that claim.

    As where JP's is supported by a survey(depending on how many they actually polled)

    Still I don't doubt the US/UK percentages being that high.

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    Comment by POKI
    15:01 23/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    ...that's a lot of raped victims.

    Edit: WHOA!!!... there's a Spam button now???

    Edit No.2: ...i'm tempted to test out this Spam button.

    Edit No.3: false alarm... it brought me to a dead end.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:31 23/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    40% in the United States? I sincerely doubt that especially considering there was no actual study cited. "Thought to" does not provide a decent conclusion.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Well, that explains anime.

    Unprotected sex isn't a big deal in Japan ^^;

    Comment by Anonymous

    If cost of raising keep rising, I dun see a need for kids - Kid is expensive.

    I remember someone say before "Economic/ technolgy process will make our life better and cheaper."

    No doubt, it makes our life better but it comes at a higher cost.

    Technology stuffs like PC are cheaper but Food cost are F.expensive.

    Can this Technology stuffs be exchange for food? Stop pushing for technology stuffs, do more agriculture (more supply).

    Back to post. Kids nowadays doesn't have much childhood. Once they grown up in future, they're push into market to become tools of society to work to fuel the ever-thirst of goverment (blood sucker) taxes.

    This is the side effect of Capitalism.
    Neither I'm a support of Socialism.
    Hopefully, some cool kids can raise and come up a new and better system.

    Stop wasting time on clubbing/ drinking.
    Think more about useful stuffs.

    The future is in our hands, it's up to us whether it's gonna be heaven or hell on earth.

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    Comment by Misakite
    22:19 23/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Nothing a Falcon Punch can't handle.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:21 24/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Huuum => maybe they need condom use ? c(:

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    Comment by Kitsunemimi6
    06:31 26/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    "For comparison purposes, at least 40% of US women and 33% of UK women are thought to have had at least one abortion, suggesting Japan’s woeful knowledge of contraception and liberal sexual mores are not such a big deal after all."

    Okay, but...there is probably a bigger percentage of them that do this that didn't take the survey...

    & are the US & UK percentages even supported, even if it's by the means of some survey? Cause if not, considering the excuses Japanese Woman used when taking the survey, I seriously doubt that they are the lowest of the 3(that being said, I don't think they are the highest of the 3 either though), just saying...

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    Comment by Shippoyasha
    16:00 23/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Really sad that this kind of news kinds of shows what a nation of excuse makers Japan may seem to the world. Though apparently, that kind of a figure isn't so out of the reach of many industrialized nations too. Man. They need to try to make marriages affordable and attractive again. It just gets more embarrassing to hear about this kind of stuff about Japan..

    Comment by Anonymous

    I second this, xXeM0xXsKaTexXsCenE.

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    Comment by cats2
    06:02 24/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Planned parenthood is great, 10 bucks, a trip downtown, and a 40 minute wait and you're good to go. Also can get surplus boxes of condoms for free. Of course that's all bull shit and nothing like it REALLY is.. Stop listening to republicans and the like..

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:25 25/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I work at a Planned Parenthood.

    That's EXACTLY what it is like.

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