Originally Posted by Josiedaisy' date='28 June 2010 - 10:08 AM' timestamp='1277687282' post='2665531
Japan has a graying population and a zee-pee-gee childbirth rate combined with a real terror of immigration.
I don't know what zee-pee-gee means, but that's pretty spot-on. They do have an issue with crowding - in cities, at least. It's a small island. But their population is aging fast, and they're going to really lack workers pretty soon. Having a kid is expensive here, and so is living - so people in cities often have one kid, if they have one at all.
Out in the podunk where I live, 3 kids is fairly common - in fact, some of my friends get a discount card (not sure what the discount is or what it's for, but they get it) for having a third kid. You know, by "discount card" they might've meant "tax break" or something, now that I think about it.
Back to the point, though, creepy baby. *shudder* I don't see how that's going to make people want to have kids.