Japanese minister calls for immigrants to help boost population

Japanese minister calls for immigrants to help boost population

Japan’s population is ageing faster than in any other nation

Taro Kono, a Japanese minister and member of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Liberal Democrat Party, has called for the country to increase immigration to help offset the nation’s falling birth rate.

Japan has one of the lowest birth rates in the world, and lowest for any large country, according to data from Index Mundi. Together with the world’s longest life expectancy, 83.5 years, the country’s population is rapidly ageing, with about 24% of citizens over the age of 65 in 2012. Most developed countries have around 10% – 20% over 65, with the US having 14% in 2014. In Afghanistan only 2% are over 65.

Prime Minister Abe has identified the trend of falling birth rates as a key issue that needs to be addressed. Taro Kono has said the country should establish an “integrated” immigration policy to tackle the problem.

“Even if you magically increased the birth rate by tomorrow, still it would take these babies 20 years to grow, so we really need to do something about the labour market,” said Kono, talking to Reuters. “Think about China. They will soon start getting old and need a lot of care workers and they will start sucking in all the foreign workers, and then it’s going to be fierce competition.”

If trends continue, Japan’s population, which stands just under 127 million today, could fall to below 100 million by 2050. Germany are also among the oldest populations in the world, and have a birth rate almost as low as Japan. In 2015 it is projected the European country will have taken in 1 million immigrants, many refugees from Syria and Afghanistan.

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  • ibantam

    I would go, but Japanese culture and attitudes SUCK!!!

    • Jr. Mackeltom

      That’s the kind of “attitude” a country that really values its own people needs…

    • Cosmix

      You’re mainly too lazy to comprehend reality or think logically, ibantam

      • Cosmix

        Or you lack neuroplasticity to work your brain properly at all

      • ibantam

        …no offence to sucky people intended.

  • Jr. Mackeltom

    Let me ask a question ; Kono, do you really think that when immigration is eased Japanese people will have their fertility rate increase ?! It will further demotivate them to have children Why ? Take a look at Europe. Japan should take Japanese path to fight an aging and declining population, Immigration is not an answer ! Immigration, brings along political instability, more dependents, High crime rates, and this is certainly not good. A declining population is bad, but opening up for immigration that would further worsen the fertility rate is worse.

    Shinzo abe knows the way, It’s simple. (Brief, explanation) Japan will face a gap where working population will be under it’s current level, when this time comes Japan should put Women,Technology (Drive-less Taxis,etc) & Retired people back to work by incentives to do so. Then in the meantime the goverment of Japan should take steps to increase the fertility (already doing so), by introducing incentives for births by benefits for families with 3 or more children (Tax reduction, Child raising support, Day cares, etc). This is a premium target that would stabilize the “Japanese” population at 100 million. This is the idle method to fight an aging and declining population, and again immigration is certainly not an answer it failed in Europe and is going to fail in U.S soon.

    Take a look at these incidents and see how many problems arose because of immigration. Fortunately almost 80%-90% of Japanese oppose immigration and remains politically unpalatable in Japan, so this ain’t happening, however if you continue this your position as the “National Public Safety Commission and Minister for Administrative ” will be in danger.

    One more thing China is the world biggest country and the fastest growing economy currently, with or without fertility rate China will surpass Japan as China’s technology and education levels improve, resources vise Japan is far behind China. So just give up on the head on battle with China. One thing China would fall behind Japan would be GDP per head (Living standards included).

  • Brian V. Sitterley

    Japan needs to ask itself if it wants to remain Japanese. Immigration is not the answer if they wish to retain their culture and ethnicity. If they do want immigration they might want to try to attract the descendants of Japanese immigrants to Brazil, Peru, Canada, and the US who still have some ties to their Japanese heritage.

  • Cosmix

    Immigration ultimately will cause the heavenly and wonderful nation in what we know today as Japan… This certainly is extemely unpleasant. I my self am not Japanese, I’m rather Eastern European… Regardless, I’m extremely protective towards the Japanese culture and I desire Japan to remain preserved… Japan is a beautiful and extremely technologically advanced nation, the acception of immigration would be quite catastrophic. Japan also has the 3rd highest IQ in the globe, and most think in a manner that education contributes to high IQ, but how silly.. IQ is determined mostly by genetics, not learning or education.. Intelligence and knowledge differ. Please may also say does IQ play a role in.. Well, IQ plays a major role when it comes to personality, problem solving, curiosity and creativity. Most tend to think over emotionally, and most who love Japan barely respect Japan as they’re bombarded with their ridiculous thoughts of a weeaboo. I personally am not a weeaboo, I’m rather more logical. And when I meant immigration, I meant by mass immigration by accepting immigrants in an illogical manner just like Europe did…. and please Japan, I may not be Japanese, but I’m a huge supporter for Japan and your culture.. if you are to accept immigration, think twice or 3x by the outcome or consequences, and only accept highly skilled immigrants if you are to accept immigrants.. don’t forget that you’re also entering a robotic revolution in which robots would ease jobs for the Japanese people, thus making it easier for people to have children and take care of them… Just think twice..

  • Cosmix

    Immigration will cause catastrophy*

  • Cosmix

    To the heavenly*

  • Cosmix

    It’s not only Kono that’s causing the issue, it’s also Ishiba.

  • Cosmix

    I’m not against all immigrants to Japan, and I mean about intelligent and high skilled individuals that’ll also learn and cope with the Japanese culture and provide Japan with goods. However, using refugees like Europe is doing will have extremely bad consequences for Japan, think twice once more, and hear me out… Ishiba and Kono… What Abe is doing, is right… And most individuals tend to miscomprehend things and say that Abe is mixing up globlalization with internationlism and multiculturalism.. That’s ridiculous, Abe definitely knows what he’s doing, he desires Japan to remain Japan… Not America or England.