Bringing Babies Back to Japan
Japanese society is facing its most serious threat in recent years. Japan’s
birthrate keeps falling steadily. If this continues, the population will get
smaller and smaller. While the number of babies is decreasing, the average
Japanese life span is increasing. It is one of the longest in the world. This is
a national catastrophe because there are fewer working-age people who pay
into the social security system, and there will eventually be too few workers.
The Japanese can no longer delay addressing the issue of its shrinking
population. The only way to grow the population is by bringing babies back
to Japan. Japan’s entire social structure, including families, businesses, and
the government, must work together to encourage families to have babies.
In the past, many people thought raising children to be the only goal and
responsibility of women. Now, Japanese women no longer seem interested
solely in raising children, and society needs to accept this. Japanese women
want to work, either for money or for their own interests. In fact, like many
women in the world today, they would like to both work and raise children.
But Japanese society is against this. Some companies, for example, even
tell women to quit working when they get married or have children. As a
result, Japanese women are having fewer children or no children at all.
Society should help set up ways for them both to work and to have children.
One major force in society that has the power to enable women both to
work and to raise children is Japanese companies. Usually, people don’t
think of a company as a force in shaping families, but this attitude should be
reconsidered. Japanese companies need to recognize their role in shaping
families and think more about supporting them. First, they should offer
affordable child care, and the government should help them. This would