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Friday, November 7, 2014

Japan Sets Fertility Rate Goal of 1.8

Yeah Baby!
It's on paper now… so there's no getting around it.

The Japanese government not only wants more sex from its Japanese population, it wants every available woman with working ovaries to have 1.8 kids in their lifetime.

Why? Read my take on things HERE.

So... 1.8 kids? I don't know how you arrive at that number - government or motherhood - but shouldn't it be 2.0 or higher just so you can maintain your population?

You know, One Daddy plus One MILF = 2... to maintain the current population, we would need a fertility rate of 2.0. 

Or… could the lower rate imply that Japan is looking to increase immigration? Naaaaah.

Okay... perhaps it's because the Japanese are living longer... and the government is factoring in that along with elderly perhaps getting jobs...

It's complex... basically... I'm sure the 1.8 number is correct for what Japan wants out of your Japanese woman.

Now… I should correct myself… the Japanese government does NOT necessarily want Japanese people to have more sex. It DOES want you to have more kids than the current fertility rate of 1.43, as measured in Japan in 2013.

If you can have more kids without having more sex - more power to you. Having failed health and sex ed, I assume the male may have to pump harder.

Kidding. I may not know everything about fertility, but I do know a lot about sex. Maybe. Probably. Define "a lot".

Anyhow… all of this creation of fertility goals comes about because Japan is trying to avoid having a major population decline… something that will effect its manufacturing base and thus its economy for decades far off into the future.

By the way… Japan federal government? The next time the Year of the Fire Horse comes around, you might want to convince the population that it is NOT a bad luck year… and that it is okay to continue with the plan of restocking the pond.  

People born during the year of the Fire Horse are supposed to be bad luck.

The last such zodiac year was essentially 1966 (January 21, 1966 to February 8, 1967). If you were born between those dates, you are a jinx.

In the Asian calender, there are 12 zodiac signs and each sign has five sub-genres of: fire, earth, metal, water, and wood. 

People born during a Fire Horse year are said to be irresponsible, rebellious and a jinx.

Women? Holy crap! Women born in the Year of the Fire Horse are even worse! They supposedly sap their family’s finances, neglect their children, and drive their father and husband to an early grave.

Let me just state that a woman does NOT have to be born in the Year of the Fire Horse in order to do those things.

Think I'm kidding about this? Japan and most of Asia takes this very seriously…
Big dip in the 1960s - yup, 1966 - The Year of the Fire Horse.

Many men will refuse to marry a woman who's a Fire Horse… and married couples will avoid having kids born during the Year of the Fire Horse.

Me? I'm a Dragon. And a Scorpio. And, I got Wood.

I wrote about Japan's government trying to maintain its population at around 100 million - at least until 2060, whereby they are going to try and make it easier and more guilt-free for people to get married and have kids.

The outline of the vision was adopted Thursday at an expert meeting of a government task force called the Headquarters for Overcoming Population Decline and Vitalizing Local Economy in Japan.

The government plans to set out a complete long-term vision in December, as well as a comprehensive strategy with specific policy targets over the next five years.

“We will now move on to a stage where our efforts take shape,” Japan Prime Minister Abe Shinzo (surname first) said at the meeting.

He added that these measures to have more kids will be well-suited for the rural areas… by trying to have companies move or start-up in areas other than the big cities… you know.. to give people a reason to stick around. It will also try and encourage more people to go rural and to move out of the big city.

Of course… his is a big deal only because it is believed that having so many people living and working in Tokyo has actually caused the population decrease.

I'm weird… but I lived out in the rural area of Japan… in Ohtawara-shi, Tochigi-ken… a farming city - and I loved it… but one that is probably a good measuring stick for what Abe wants to do… there are many larger companies placing offices there…

But… and this is important… I'm betting it still has a small town flavor to it… Are there nightclubs? Is there stuff for young people to do? I would say… no…

Is that good or bad? I don't know… Bad because a bored youth is more likely to turn back to a big city for some escapism.

The question will become, for Japan, once we have people in the rural area - how do we keep them there? 

Anyhow… as I stated in my previous article on this topic… if the government is serious about increasing its fertility rate as the sole means of maintaining its population (as opposed to immigration and the immigrants who want to sleep with your population)… then cash incentives are a way to go.

Baby bonuses. Education covered (I'm talking university!) Food and clothing allowances…

Able families receives a percentage for having two kids, a larger percentage for three, and so on.

Yeah - it's a cash grab. Japan certainly likes to spend its money… so why not return the favor and stop screwing over the people and instead reward them for screwing over the fertility rate.

And... since we all agree that the zodiac stuff is just plain ignorant, let me present to you the zodiac description of myself, as a Wood Dragon:

With the help of the Wood Element, the Wood Dragon is given the most creative and artistic personalities of all the Dragon signs. Unlike other Dragons, who are largely close-minded, the Wood Dragon is open to the influence of others. Socially, the Wood Dragon is warm, reasonable and compromising. As a result, the Wood Dragon is often well liked among peers and friends. The Wood Dragon's inner strength is never in question, but they are not burdened with the inflexible self-confidence of other members of their sign. Wood Dragons are known to think their conclusions through, which they then embrace with innovation and innate creativity.   

Down side?
Although the Wood Dragon has many positive qualities, those born under the sign also face challenges. The Wood Dragon's can often waste valuable time over-analyzing problems and concerns.

Really? I'll have to look that up in a few books I have! 

Hunh... it was bang-effing on.

Maybe there's something to the whole thing. Japan! Don't have kids between February 17, 2026 and February 5, 2027. That's the next time the Fire Horse comes galloping through the zodiac. 

Cheers,
Andrew Joseph

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