The number of newborn babies in Japan hits an all-time high

TOKYO: A total of 811,604 babies were born in Japan in 2021, the highest level since 1899, as the country’s population crisis intensifies, the government said in a report on Friday.

According to the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, the figure was down 29,231 from a year earlier, Xinhua news agency reports.

The latest data also showed that the number of marrying couples fell by 24,391 during the registration period to 501,116, the lowest number in the post-war period, the ministry said.

Furthermore, he also said that according to the latest figures, the number of children a woman will have in her lifetime has declined from 0.03 points in 2020 to 1.30 in 2021.

Japan is facing a demographic crisis, with its society rapidly shrinking due to factors such as the drastic drop in the birth rate and the drop in the number of people getting married.

At the same time, the number of elderly people is increasing, which means a gradual but persistent decline in Japan’s working-age population, with rising social welfare costs to meet the needs of the growing number of elderly people, which adds to economic growth and social pressures.

The government took steps to address the crisis, but to little effect.

Some state efforts have been made to increase the number of nurseries, so that after maternity leave women can return to work.

Other incentives have included allowing fathers to take paternity leave, so that the burden of responsibility for raising the child in its first days and months does not rest solely on women.

In theory, the mother could return to work while her husband continues paternity leave, but that move has yet to gain traction in patriarchal Japan, anthropologists have said.