Commentary / World Sep 28, 2011

Aussie pronatal policy is not a model for Japan

by Michael Sutton

Since reaching a total fertility rate (TFR) of 1.57 in 1989, Japan has been deeply concerned about demographic trends and future prospects. Below replacement fertility — measured as less than 2.1 children per woman — has been a feature of Japanese demography since 1974. Many ...

Editorials Dec 21, 2010

Protecting the elderly from abuse

In April 2006, the law to prevent abuse of people aged 65 or over went into force, requiring citizens to report any case of abuse to municipal governments. But the situation surrounding the elderly appears to be deteriorating. The welfare ministry reported on Nov. ...