Japan's Fertility Problem

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Will Japan face a population decline? There's definitely a shortage of babies. 

"Japanese people simply aren't having sex," Dr. Kunio Kitamura, director of the Japan Family Planning Association, was quoted as saying by the Japan Times, an English language daily.

An association survey of 936 people between the ages of 16 and 49 showed 31 percent had not had sex for more than a month "for no particular reason" -- a condition known as "sexless."

Japan's fertility rate -- the average number of children a woman bears in her lifetime -- fell to an all-time low of 1.25 last year. Demographers say a rate of 2.1 is needed to keep a population from declining.

The magnitude of the problem didn't quite hit me until I realized that Yahoo! couldn't even find a good image of Japanese people being intimate. The picture they used with the article was two people looking at beluga whales. If that's what Japanese people have to do when they have sex, maybe that's the problem.

 

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June 22, 2006 - 10:19am
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