Japan government aims to keep the population at 100 million in 2060s.


Population-ageing is a phenomenon that occurs, when the median age of a country or region
increases due to rising life expectancy and/or declining birth rates. There has been, initially
in the more economically developed countries, but also more recently in less economically
developed countries, with an increase in the life expectancy which causes ageing population.
This is the case for every country in the world, except for African and some Mideast countries.
In the developing countries, it is apparent that population increased rapidly, causing a grave
problem of environmental pollution, such as global warming. This phenomenon might increase
as industrialization proceeds.

Picture source:「Newsweek:日本語版」November 23, 2011

In Japan, the nation's total fertility rate, the number of children a woman gives birth to in
her lifetime was 1.41 in 2012. If the birthrate remains low, it may fall to about 87 million
in the 2060s. A government-appointed panel has proposed measures to counter Japan's rapid
decline in population with a goal of "stabilizing the population" at around 100 million in 50 years.
The expert panel called on the government, headed by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, to combat
a population decline.

The government will increase a financial aid to the third child for the costs of childbirth and
child care, to support the pension-payment program by lowering the ratio of the elderly
population to the numbers of youth workers.

Resource on earth is limited, and the space we can live. In order to sustain the present
environment and an abundant life-style, a certain degree of the population control
measure is required. The policy aimed to increase the population for the pension-systems is
a unicellular concept. It seems that the elderly-and-young population ratio would be
significantly declined after 30 years. The number of Japanese people might be ideal
on the 87 million level, which data is expected when the present birth rate remains.

If we keep to continue taking the aid for population growth, it would certainly lead
the environmental deterioration over the earth.
The place we can live in space is only on the Earth.

The graph showed estimated and projected populations of the world and its continents (except Antarctica) from 1950 to 2100.
The shaded regions correspond to range of projections by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs.




Junhaku Miyamoto, M.D.,PhD: June 10, 2014

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