An aggregate of babies was born in Japan in 2021, a record low since 1899, as the nation’s demographic extremity intensifies, the government said in a report on Friday.
According to the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, the figure was down from the time before, reports Xinhua news agency.
The rearmost data also showed that the number of couples getting wedded dropped in the recording period by to, the smallest in the post-war period, the Ministry said.
In addition, it also said that according to the most recent numbers, the number of children a woman will bear in her continuance retreated0.03 point from 2020 to1.30 in 2021.
Japan is facing a demographic extremity, with its society fleetly shrinking due to factors similar as the drastically declining birthrate and the falling number of people getting wedded.
At the same time, the number of elderly citizens is growing, meaning a gradational yet patient hollowing out of Japan’s pool-aged people, with mounting social weal costs to feed to the need of the growing number of elderly citizens, which adds to profitable and social pressures.
The government has taken measures to remedy the extremity but to little effect.
Some state sweats have been made to increase the number of daycare centers so that after motherliness leave women can return to their jobs.
Other Impulses have included allowing fathers to take maternity leave, so the burden of responsibility of raising the child in its first days and months does not fall solely on the women.
In proposition, the mama could return to work while her hubby continues with his maternity leave, but the move has yet to gain traction in patriarchal Japan, anthropologists said.