Jan 3, 2015

Housing suitable for kids may raise birthrate

The land ministry plans to compile guidelines in fiscal 2015 on housing features deemed helpful to families with children as part of efforts to hike the declining birthrate. The ministry hopes the guidelines, which will provide a checklist of items such as barrier-free designs ...

Jan 1, 2015

Number of newborn babies in Japan fell to record low in 2014

Japan’s population likely dropped further in 2014, with the estimated number of newborn babies in the country falling to 1,001,000, down about 29,000 from the previous year, according to health ministry estimates released on Wednesday. The estimated number of people who died in 2014 ...

Dec 24, 2014

India's birth rate shrinks

India’s birth rate declined dramatically in the last two decades due in part to rising female literacy, a new study shows, but experts warned against complacency in the country of 1.2 billion. The total fertility rate, or the number of children the average woman ...

After scandals, Thailand votes to ban commercial surrogacy

Nov 29, 2014

After scandals, Thailand votes to ban commercial surrogacy

Thailand’s parliament has voted to ban commercial surrogacy after outrage erupted over the unregulated industry following a series of scandals including the case of an Australian couple accused of abandoning a baby with Down syndrome. A draft bill, which will see those caught profiting ...