Gaffe-prone Aso takes aim at young people without kids

Dec 8, 2014

Gaffe-prone Aso takes aim at young people without kids

After telling Japan’s growing ranks of elderly they should “hurry up and die,” Finance Minister Taro Aso has turned his well-oiled gaffe gun on “people who don’t give birth.” The former prime minister said pensioners are not to blame for the spiraling social welfare ...

Private nursery schools strive to offer novel services

Jul 20, 2014

Private nursery schools strive to offer novel services

With the number of privately run nursery schools increasing in Japan, many such facilities are working to come up with novel services to survive, including original educational materials and English conversation classes. While the number of children on nursery waiting lists remains high, nursery ...

Jun 20, 2014

Meeting the 100 million goal

The Abe administration is poised to set a target of keeping the nation's population from falling below 100 million by 2060 in order to sustain economic growth and the social security system.

Iran tries to reverse its slumping birthrate

Jan 7, 2014

Iran tries to reverse its slumping birthrate

In Iran, free condoms and government-backed vasectomies are out, replaced by sermons praising larger families and discussions of even offering gold coins to the families of newborns. Having successfully curbed birthrates for two decades, Iran now is promoting a baby boom to help make ...

May 30, 2013

Flak dooms handbook pushing motherhood

by Jun Hongo

A government task force discussing measures to boost Japan’s low birthrate has scrapped an idea to give young women handbooks informing them of certain medical facts — including those pertaining to infertility — faced by some women in their late 30s. The handbook, tentatively ...