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Regarding the June 4 editorial “An uphill battle to reverse the falling birthrate,” over five decades of ineffective, corrupt and self-serving government in Japan have earned this country the reputation of the nation that not only least wants to have children, but also the place where babies would least likely wish to be born.

Recently, Taro Aso proudly asserted that Japan's excellent culture had enabled it to withstand the first wave of the coronavirus successfully — so how does he reconcile taking praise for Japanese people's cultural excellence (for which he is the last person to deserve the credit with faulty and belated masks and hush money delegated to a fraudulent sub-contractor like Dentsu) when so many Japanese who should have been born never even get the chance to?

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