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Date : October 12, 2022

Video Report: Japanese Views on Marriage and Characteristics of Japan’s Low Birthrate (Prof. Masahiro Yamada, Professor, Chuo University)

post date : 2022.10.12

According to the Vital Statistics survey released by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, there were approximately 812,000 births in 2021, the lowest amount since data began to be collected in 1899. Is there an effective way to stop the declining birth rate?

The FPCJ invited Chuo University Professor Masahiro Yamada, a leading figure in family sociology who coined terms such as “parasite singles” and “konkatsu (marriage hunting)” to cleverly describe social phenomena, to discuss the background behind modern demographics.

He discussed Japanese views on marriage and family, the reason Japan’s current policies in response to the declining birthrate are not particularly effective, and what effective policies to support people who want to get married and have children would be, as well as possible challenges in implementing those policies.


Handout (Japanese only)

■Date: October 12 (Wed), 2022, 11:00-12:30 
■Theme: Japanese Views on Marriage and Characteristics of Japan's Low Birthrate

■Briefer: Prof. Masahiro Yamada, Professor, Chuo University

■Language: Japanese, with consecutive English interpretation


The briefing had a total of  20 participants including journalists from Belgium, Brazil, China,  France, Germany, Indonesia, Korea, Russia, Singapore and US.



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