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While the demographic crisis is real in Japan, it drives me nuts every time I see stories about "the desperate need to import foreign workers" without mentioning the fact that more and more Japanese young people are being caught in a no-win treadmill of minimally paid contract work and brutal overtime, and the withdrawal from the labor force that this causes - not that hard when so many young people live with their parents well into their 20's anyway.
by Zwackus on Thu Dec 13th, 2018 at 01:50:03 AM EST
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"Demographic dramas": one would think a nation like Japan would be particularly able to gracefully degrade with the size of it economy and demand. Alas. Surplus labor is always in fashion for one, really only one, reason --to depress wages and circulation, to support the store of value in retained earnings, capital invested generations ago. For what it's worth Japan hasn't reported GINI index in close to a decade, but it's looking forward to a flush which will not be re-distributed.


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by Cat on Thu Dec 13th, 2018 at 07:04:06 AM EST
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Family and kids require a decent financial basis, especially in the Eastern (sexist/patriarchal) Yin-Yang family culture. Miserable working prospects alone could explain the demographic slump itself.
by das monde on Thu Dec 13th, 2018 at 11:05:20 AM EST
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This is certainly why the Italians have been reproducing less than any other 'advanced' democracy for decades now.
They love kids too much to subject their future to the crazed whims of their lunatic governments.

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty
by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Sat Dec 15th, 2018 at 03:51:21 AM EST
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