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The Declining Birth Rate of Japan According to an article by Global Post, the Japanese government has offered to pay couples to procreate. The newly elected Democratic Party is willing to pay families 26,000 yen per month for every child up until they graduate junior high. The article brings up many reasons as to why women in Japan are unwilling to have children. For instance, there is a lack of daycares in Japan. The reason why daycares are so scarce in Japan is because their society expects the mother to take care of their own children. Their society frowns upon the fact that a mother is willing to send their child to a daycare rather than care for the child herself. In the article, the situations of many married couples are described. For instance, Mayumi Yamamoto and Brad Horton had to wait two years before they were able to send their child off to daycare.
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Unformatted text preview: Although the two are both well respected professors, they were placed at the bottom of the priority list because they were only considered as working part time at the university. Due to the difficulties of finding child care, the couple decided to not have a second child. The limited space available for child care greatly affects a couple’s incentive to have children. Also, a female in Japan will most likely have to give up their career or job to care for her child. Lastly, the cost of schooling is also a burden upon the couple. As the mother has to stay home to care for their child, the father must work longer hours to support his family. Due to these circumstances, the birth rate in Japan is extremely low and the Japanese government is giving couples an incentive to procreate....
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This note was uploaded on 04/21/2010 for the course SOC Japan 63 taught by Professor Sabinefruhstuck during the Winter '10 term at UCSB.

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