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Date : September 21, 2021

Is There any Solution to the Pandemic-Accelerated Decline in Birthrate? (Mr. Masashi Kawai, President, The Research Institute of Countermeasures for population Decline)

post date : 2021.09.06

The current pandemic, which still shows no signs of ending, has also had a negative impact on the declining birthrate in Japan. There were 840,832 births in 2020, 24,407 less than in 2019 and the lowest number ever recorded in Japan. If birth numbers continue to decrease at this rate, it will have serious impacts on society as a whole such as a smaller future workforce and the collapse of the social security system.


The FPCJ has invited Mr. Masashi Kawai, president of the Research Institute of Countermeasures for Population Decline and an expert on population policy and social security policy, to discuss how to deal with Japan’s declining birthrate, accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic.


■Please note that you cannot physically attend this briefing, as it will be a Zoom webinar. 

■Date: September 21 (Tues), 2021, 10:00-11:30 (Deadline for application: Noon, September 17)

■Briefer: Mr. Masashi Kawai, President, The Research Institute of Countermeasures for population Decline

■Language: Japanese, with consecutive English interpretation                                  

As in our standard press briefings, there will be a Q&A session at the end.
*In principle, questions will only be accepted from members of the foreign press.

■Members of the Foreign Press:

Please send any questions for the briefer or topics you are interested in to by 12:00 noon on September 17.  As there will only be a limited amount of time to ask questions during the briefing, we will collect questions and provide them to the briefer in advance.

Embassy representatives and FPCJ supporting members may also watch the briefing as observers (admission free).


■How to Apply: Please refer to either the email or fax we sent.

*We will not be accepting applications by email.

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