Regarding the story “Number of kids declined by a third during Heisei” in the May 6 edition, I’m sure the decrease in the number of children is one of the most serious issues confronting Japan. Although most Japanese know this problem should be solved as soon as possible, but as of now, even though Japan has entered the new Reiwa Era, we have no way to achieve this. There are three reasons why.
The first area concerns expenses. The average salary per month for new graduates is ¥200,000, so they can’t be eager to have any children. They are convinced that in the long run, the total cost to bring up children to the age of 20 is ¥14 million. This is the gravest issue of the three.
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