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Can Japan Boost Its Low Birthrate?

Japan, like many other countries, has a declining birthrate that is likely to result in a host of socioeconomic problems. The Japanese government hopes to create a social environment that will raise the country’s total fertility rate.
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Defusing Japan’s Demographic Time BombShimazaki Kenji

The elderly are expected to make up some 40% of Japan’s population by 2060, according to the latest demographic projections. Policy expert Shimazaki Kenji explains, in plain language, the implications of this momentous shift and discusses what Japan must do now to soften the blow.
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