Living in Japan for a year, I saw reasons for its ‘demographic time bomb’ everywhere — and now I’m seeing the same troubling signs in Germany

Living in Japan for a year, I saw reasons for its ‘demographic time bomb’ everywhere — and now I’m seeing the same troubling signs in Germany, by Valentina Resetarits.

Japan has a sex problem. Economists speak of a “demographic time bomb.” The population is getting older and older, but fewer and fewer children are being born.

This is also a problem in other industrialized countries, but nowhere more devastating than in Japan. … On average, women in Japan have 1.41 children.

Japan has become a sexless and celibate society. In a survey conducted by the Meiji Yasuda Institute of Life and Wellness, 39% of Japanese women and 62% of Japanese between 25 and 35 years of age stated that they have never had a really serious relationship. …

Careers not children.

The culture seems to emphasize hard work, and de-emphasize sex and relationships. …

During the early 1950s, Japan prioritized economic growth. …

As a student, I walked past office complexes where all the lights were on at 9 p. m., people sitting in these countless rows of tables staring at their screens. At that time I was already wondering what kind of life it must be that consists only of getting up, working, and sleeping. I’m not surprised these people have no strength for dates. …

Women feel pressured to give up their careers as soon as they are married, but they don’t want to. The logical consequence? You just stay single. …

About a year ago, a headline made the round, saying more and more Japanese people marry their good friends and acquaintances. To be honest: I also have some Japanese girlfriends who simply married their buddies, college mates, and acquaintances. “It’s not passionate love, but there is security,” said one of them. They live together in an apartment and each of them pursues their own work. Social pressure has lessened. ,,,

In addition, there is the strange Japanese relationship to sexuality. You would think that people are looking for one-night stands if they don’t want to have a relationship, but many people are too uptight for that. When in doubt, they prefer to concentrate on fictional sex objects in manga porn or video games instead of chatting at a bar.

If women, especially smart women, are encouraged to have careers to the exclusion of children, then society becomes smaller and dumber. Yeah feminists!

hat-tip Robert