Japan’s new government seeks to boost birth rate

Japan’s new government, led by the Democratic Party of Japan, seems to
be taking its population problem seriously. The world’s number two
economy is set to shrink from about 127 million to 95 million by 2050.
This means that the number of workers available to support  retirees
will fall from 3 to 1.5. Because Japanese are notoriously hostile
towards increased immigration, the government’s options are limited. It
is racking its brains for schemes to increase the birth rate. Here are
some mentioned in an article by AFP: