Invisible People: Japan’s Disappearing “Children’s Day”

imagesDear Friends For Life:   Last Monday, May 5th, Japan celebrated Children’s Day. This ancient holiday dates back to around 600 A.D. It is a day set aside to respect children and to celebrate their happiness. One can see Koinobori, or carp kites, flying across the entire country. It is truely a day to be happy. But things are not as bright as they seem to appear.

The government celebrated Children’s Day by announcing that the number of children under 15 years old is 160,000 fewer than last year. This means that for the last 33 years in a row, the number of Japanese children has declined. Since keeping records which started in 1950, this is lowest number yet. Japan averages a little over one child per family and 2.1 children are needed to sustain a population. Today, 25.6% of the population are over 65 years old while only 12.8% images-2(1)account for Japanese children. One does not need a Ph.D. to realize that Japan as a nation cannot survive into the future. Absolutely not possibile. The situation has become a vicious circle. The older generation is increasing while the baby generation is decreasing. Eventually both will just fade away.

Solution to the problem lies in increasing the fertility rate and increasing the scale of immigration workers to Japan according to the Wall Street Journal.

Living in Japan for many years, I feel that openess to immigration is still  a long ways off. According to a UN estimate, without raising its fertility rate, Japan would need to attract about 650,000 working immigrants a year. And with the large number of abortions in Japan, a survival solution seems out of reach. So Japan celebrates “Children Day” without any hope for the Children’s future. Is this happiness?

God Bless
Jerry Novotny, OMI

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P.S. On a global scale, you might want to look at this abortion clock which shows very clearly that unborn babies do not have any RIGHTS regardless of what the UN or abortion groups claim: http://www.numberofabortions.com/

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Websites by Fr. Jerry:

LifeIssues.net Website

Japan-lifeissues.net Website (in Japanese)

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