Young Japanese going their own way
This is an article about Japan that appears in Fox News
This trend in Japan has been mentioned here before. It would be interesting to know how extensive the trend is in Asia and the reasons behind it. Certainly a population’s future could be severely tested with such a trend.
The bizarre trend, dubbed by the Japanese media as “celibacy syndrome,” was reported in a widely circulated article from the Guardian, which noted that the number of single people in Japan has reached an all-time high. According to a 2011 survey, approximately 60 percent of men and nearly 50 percent of women aged 18 to 34 were not in a romantic relationship, and another survey found that a third of Japanese people under 30 had never dated anyone before.
Original article quoted at The Guardian.
Updated 27 October
This has attracted subsequent media attention. Predictions based on the current birth rate have the Japanese population dropping a third by 2060 – that is heading for a one huge population bubble. Our own population replacement rate, has during recent times, dropped under the 2.0 replacement rate. I wonder what that might look like using cultural graphs; are we surviving on immigration and certain cultural birth rates.
I have been thinking about Bruce’s comment, about “blinded policy makers’. First, that they are distracted and second the way they might think. Another example of the policy maker arose recently in the earlier Melanie Phillips post, about England and marriage with the policy suggestion arising; that married couples could pay less tax to encourage family life and a better environment for children.
When you look at us as individuals or groups of people our world view is based on how we have viewed the world, processed and remembered that experience. In the absence of organised religion we are much more individual in beliefs. Perhaps this was illustrated in our recent discussions on adultery.
But, that poses the question that surely the behaviour of the next generation is based on how they have viewed, processed and remembered their world. Do we understand that?
How do you make policy if you don’t understand that world view let alone be blinded by the feminist agenda we have in this country. Is the law of the individual rapidly pulling apart Western societies?
I think it was Seven Sharp earlier this year that interviewed a group of young New Zealand women who had made the decision to remain single, not have children and otherwise have sex when they wanted and enjoy their life. What would you call this sydrome – Femicentrism?
So, these women not contributing to society in terms of producing children, should they pay a higher tax rate for their free and easy lifestyle? Or is this what the likes of Sue Bradford would call part of the women’s reproductive rights equation. Men pay excessive child tax even though they no longer have any reproductive rights.
Back to the Japanese case, this generation places their individual rights above their reproductive rights. Their parents will never be grandparents.
Is this a response to what they have seen or what they have been taught?
[In 2012, the number of births fell to a new low of 1,037,101, which is a 16-year-low.http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2013/06/06/national/japans-fertility-rate-logs-16-year-high-hitting-1-41/#.UnLu39z2-Hv]