Japan’s death by demographics

When a country’s population no longer reproduce, the proportion of senior citizens or old people increases.

That’s what’s going on in Japan. Increasing numbers of its young people are asexual. Not only are they shunning the idea of marriage and having children, as many as 1 in 4 unmarried men and women in their 30s say they have never had sex.

But demographics have economic consequences.

Old people not only don’t work, they also buy less, except for food and medicine. All this has negative implications for the country’s GDP (gross domestic product) because fewer workers and less labor reduce national economic output. At the same time, the rising number of retirees strains government’s welfare programs and the country’s pension funds that are major buyers of government bonds.
Then if you add to all this, a huge national debt of more than $13.7 trillion and growing — the world’s second-largest debt load — what you have is national suicide.

The proportion of the Japanese population over 65 years old:

  • 1 in 10 in 1985
  • 1 in 5 in 2006
  • more than 1 in 4 in 2014
  • 30% by 2022
  • 40% by 2050

Bloomberg’s economist, Michael McDonough, shows Japan’s grim future via three graphs:

Graph #1 shows steep GDP losses in those prefectures (districts) in Japan that have more older people — a harbinger of what’s in store for Japan as a country:

Graph #2 shows how the aging population decelerates economic growth:

Graph #3 shows how Japan’s national debt will continue to mount:

Source: Zero Hedge


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Steven Broiles
Steven Broiles
8 years ago

Not to lecture, but it seems to me that Margaret Sanger possessed not only demon morality, but demon economics as well: Contraception—and it’s evil spawn, abortion—were pushed on a population without ANY prior sociological or epidemiological study whatsoever. “Sanger-nomics” or contraception has proved to be the ultimate expression of the Malthusian paradigm: It was thought that it could be pushed on the undesirables, the lower classes, with impunity. What was never examined was that the phenomenon of contraception would appeal to upwardly-mobile middle class people. It is no wonder that almost every single country in the world is not sustaining… Read more »

8 years ago

We can see that while the national debt is higher than it’s been for some time, it’s still lower than it’s been for most of the last century. Debt has often been higher in the past – and it goes up after national emergencies such as wars and worldwide recessions. Of course the recession should not be compared to the second world war, but it was still the one of the most catatastrophic events short of a world war.

8 years ago

Europe, with its 1.4 to 1.6 fertility rates, will be next… while tons of muslim “guestworkers” come in, have a half-dozen kids apiece and riot whenever anyone complains about them blocking traffic by praying in the street during rush hour.