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Experts warn of eventual extinction of Japan's municipalities

Even their podunk ghost towns look clean.

[quote]"The nation has entered an era of full-scale population decline... and we might have no choice but to live as a small country." A group of population experts is warning that over 40% of Japan's municipalities could one day run out of residents and cease to exist. They stress that the country is facing its "last chance" to reverse the trend.

[quote]The latest analysis also points to a new phenomenon dubbed "black holes." These are mostly big city areas including central Tokyo, along with Kyoto and Osaka – areas that suck in young people but have extremely low birthrates.

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by Anonymousreply 13July 7, 2024 4:20 PM

That's what happens when you are an isolationist country and on an island that kills your workers in mid-age.

Not to mention that whole A-bomb thing.

by Anonymousreply 1July 7, 2024 2:04 PM

Japan has too many people anyway, 125 million is entirely too much for an island nation. Should be 20 million, tops.

by Anonymousreply 2July 7, 2024 2:10 PM

Japan will never fix the one thing that will help alleviate the depopulation crisis the most; getting rid of the toxic work culture.

by Anonymousreply 3July 7, 2024 2:19 PM

I wish that would happen here in the US, to free up some goddamned housing.

by Anonymousreply 4July 7, 2024 3:04 PM

OP, did you post this link as a harbinger of what's to come should the Heritage Foundation's Project 2025 come to fruition?

[quote]They say they want to have a child but can't because of the city's high cost of living. They thought of moving to a different area but haven't been able to find jobs to their liking.

How do I jump from Japan's crisis to our looming disasterous implementation of Christian Sharia law? Well, it doesn't take a political scientist to see that what Heritage wants for America is an obedient, compliant population that never questions authority, follows strict rules, laws and procedures, and succumbs to group-think, all of which this article concludes as the source of Japan's shrinking birthrate.

It's the same here as it is in Japan: people are not having children because they cannot see the point of bringing another living being into a culture that offers little. Our birthrate hasn't fallen as dramatically as Japan's, but we have followed the same pattern. Just as the cost of living is high, the requirement to work endlessly, and the demand to follow a strict societal structure weighs on their minds, it has dawned on young people in America that the high cost of living combined with ever-increasing demand to work harder and more (for the same pay, naturally; can't go against capitalism's main tenet) leaves just a pluralistic society that sets us apart.

So, go read Project 2025 with its detailed plans to crush our diversity and force everyone to live under Christian Nationalist rule. Yes, it's different than in Japan, but I argue that the result will be the same. Take away the people's ability to pursue life, liberty and happiness, and you'll end up with a homogenous culture that offers its young no reason to procreate. It's why the outlawing of abortion is so critical to Heritage's plan for America as they think it will force women to have more babies. But as we've seen in red states where abortion has essentially been illegal since our out-of-control SCOTUS reversed Roe: yes, more births, offset by a skyrocketing infant mortality rate combined with increased maternal mortality. They're literally killing the geese that lays the golden eggs.

Japan's present threat of extinction is our future. And we do things so well in the USA, it won't take 40 years to go from where we are (about 12 births per 1000 people, where Japan was in 1981) to where Japan is today with the extinction-level of 7 births per 1000 people. If Texas is any indication, we're well on our way!

by Anonymousreply 5July 7, 2024 3:14 PM

Everyone’s gonads are full of plastic now anyway.

by Anonymousreply 6July 7, 2024 3:19 PM

The reason Japan has this problem is not because of anything you all have touched on.

Birthrates across the developed world are plummeting, Italy is now as bad as Japan in terms of the age of the population. The only thing different in Japan is that they are a xenophobic people who hardly tolerate foreigners living in Japan.

The U.S. has continued to grow through strong immigration and Japan would do well to learn a lesson from us.

by Anonymousreply 7July 7, 2024 3:22 PM

The US grows through immigration. Japan wants to remain a monoculture.

by Anonymousreply 8July 7, 2024 3:22 PM

Indeed, immigration has been the force that propelled the US to our current economy. And Project 2025/Agenda 47 wants to completely eliminate immigration, close the borders, and further, round up and kick out the millions of immigrants here already, whether legal or not.

by Anonymousreply 9July 7, 2024 3:37 PM

R8, there are three ethnic groups in Japan. The dominant one is what the world considers “Japanese” but actually only came to the islands about two thousand years ago.

They can desire a monocultural society all they’d like, but if they don’t have a large enough population to keep the lights on then they won’t have any culture at all.

by Anonymousreply 10July 7, 2024 3:37 PM

Why do we litter so much in this country? It’s so depressing.

by Anonymousreply 11July 7, 2024 3:59 PM

Some cultures just don't give a shit about littering. It's a shock to my system every time I cross the border into Italy, their highways are disgusting. Same with Serbia.

by Anonymousreply 12July 7, 2024 4:19 PM

Can I have 40% of Japan's stuff?

by Anonymousreply 13July 7, 2024 4:20 PM
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