Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Unmade In Japan

Why are the Japanese having less kids?
Marriage has become a minefield of unattractive choices. Japanese men have become less career-driven, and less solvent, as lifetime job security has waned. Japanese women have become more independent and ambitious. Yet conservative attitudes in the home and workplace persist. Japan's punishing corporate world makes it almost impossible for women to combine a career and family, while children are unaffordable unless both parents work. Cohabiting or unmarried parenthood is still unusual, dogged by bureaucratic disapproval.
Of course, Japan isn't the only developed country undergoing a demographic as well as an existential crisis. But this one seems to have been self-inflicted.

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