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Japanese Prime Minister: Declining birthrate puts nation on the verge of collapse

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After the tiny state of Monaco, Japan now has the second-highest percentage of people 65 and older in the world, at about 28%.

Mr. Kishida told lawmakers that Japan was “on the precipice of whether we can continue to function as a society.”

“Paying attention to child-rearing and child-related policies is a matter that cannot wait and cannot be delayed.”

He stated that he eventually wants the government to double the amount it spends on initiatives involving children. In April, he added, a new government organization devoted to the problem would be established.

Governments in Japan have attempted to promote similar tactics in the past, but without success.

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