» 05/06/2013, 00.00
Fewer births in Japan for the 32nd year in a row
On Children's Day, the government says that the number of children under 15 years of age fell by 150,000 in a year. A mix of consumerism, focus on career and Shintoism are behind the drop and threaten the nation's economic well-being.
Japan, state funds to freeze eggs and have children after 45 years of age
The city of Utayasu announces: from April 1 a new wing of the local hospital will be opened for the storage of frozen eggs. The government will pay 70% of medical expenses for women - between 20 and 34 years of age - who want to avail of the program. Japan hit by a demographic crisis that seems irreversible.
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Tokyo aims to curb health care costs: "Keep the elderly at home, stop long term hospitalizations"
The country is aging at a seemingly unstoppable pace, the birth rate continues to decline and the cost of the hospital sector soars to 350 billion Euros per year. The government is trying to lower the numbers and announces a reduction in reimbursements for surgically inserted feeding tubes, which currently include 260 thousand elderly.
Japan's 'empty cradles' threaten Shinzo Abe's recovery attempt
For the seventh consecutive year, the number of births fell in Japan. For the 33rd consecutive year, the number of those under 15 years dropped as well. With the national economy in danger of collapse, the Church comes out in favour of more births.
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