Jul 18, 2014

Aichi politician reprimanded for 'punctured condoms' population proposal

A member of the Shinshiro Municipal Assembly in Aichi Prefecture proposed distributing “punctured condoms” to married residents to bolster the city’s dwindling population, the legislature’s secretariat said Friday. Independent Assemblyman Tomonaga Osada was verbally reprimanded Wednesday for the controversial proposal last month and told ...

Jul 13, 2014

A migrant structure for Japan

by William Barriga

Setting numerical targets on immigration or the birthrate is a typical government planning tool, but migration is much more than a mathematical equation. Japan's government needs to give serious consideration to establishing an interministerial entity that ensures a "whole-of-government" approach.

Jun 27, 2014

In much of Japan, population will halve by 2050

The population will plunge by half or more within the next 3½ decades in about 60 percent of the areas currently inhabited, the land ministry said Friday. Japan’s overall population will shrink to 97 million by 2050, it said. By that time, it will ...

Population woes crowd Japan

Jun 21, 2014

Population woes crowd Japan

by Linda Sieg

Holding Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's demographic red line will be difficult unless Japan opens the door to immigration, a step policymakers have no intention of taking.

Jun 20, 2014

California to investigate 39 female inmates sterilized without consent

The illegal sterilization of dozens of female prisoners in California demands an investigation, a report said Thursday. The state audit asked California’s medical board and the California Department of Public Health to look into 17 doctors and eight hospitals involved in 39 illegal sterilizations ...

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.