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According to blogger Ana Swanson of The Washington Post, and many other bloggers around the Internet in the past week, Japan’s government has been engaged in rosy, optimistic denial over its falling fertility rate.

Swanson writes: “The data … shows just how bad Japan has been at forecasting its fertility rate since 1965. Government projections have been almost comically wrong, as the government repeatedly interpreted the sharp decrease in the fertility rate as a temporary dip rather than a sustained trend.”

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