Birth in Japan - How many children do Japanese people usually have?


Japan is a very small country and has a population of around 127 million, some may even think that in Japan the birth rate is controlled, or that only one child is allowed in the country. The truth is that Japan suffers exactly the opposite, the government is encouraging the population to make as many children as possible, but unfortunately couples do not want to.

Japan has one of the lowest birth rates in the world, surveys show that the population is aging and the number of young people decreasing, and no one wants to have children. It is believed that if it continues like this, several cities will be abandoned, resulting in several economic and social problems.

The Government has done its utmost to encourage couples to have children, there is even financial assistance from the government for those who have children. Even though the Japanese have the means, they know how difficult it is to raise a child.

In addition, the Japan allows abortion, further decreasing the birth rate. This is a completely opposite scenario in Brazil, where people without conditions raise many children and this ends up generating poverty, crime and government expenses.


How many children do Japanese people usually have?

Japan's birth rate is 1.34 per woman. This is a very low number that causes the population to decrease progressively, around 0.16% per year.

In Japan, only about 1 million babies are born each year, and research shows that this number will decrease. Previously in 1925 the birth rate was 5 children for each woman, and it has been decreasing progressively.

Here are some interesting facts about the Japanese population:

  • Most couples usually have only one child, it is not usually more than 2 or 3;
  • 13% of the Japanese population are between 0 and 14 years old;
  • 60% of the Japanese population is between 15 and 64 years old;
  • 26% over 65 years;
  • There are a large number of women over 30 who are single;

Curiosities about mothers and their children

  • Mothers do not breastfeed in public;
  • Having a nanny is rare;
  • After the first child, many stop working outside the home;
  • Schools are not public in Japan;

These factors also end up contributing to the lack of birth rates in Japan. Raising children is a big responsibility, and the Japanese think a lot before making any decisions. This is totally correct, because unfortunately many countries have children and are unable to educate them or take the time to spend with them.


Women often have to choose between a career and a family. According to some statistics, about 70% of Japanese women are essentially forced to stop working after their first child.

Incentive measures for having children in Japan

The Government and companies have done their utmost to encourage couples to have children. They also encourage those singles to get a wife. Unfortunately, men are not used to being so close due to shyness and lack of commitment. Many are not in need of women to satisfy their sexual desires.

The government has offered many types of aid, allowances and subsidies. Countries usually receive 15,000 yen a month to help raise and breastfeed their child. The government also offers more benefits for those who have 2 or more children. Some provinces have even offered very high amounts to encourage children.


In addition to financial aid from the government, some companies like Canon have reduced the workload and encouraged couples to have children. TV shows, Doramas and Anime end up featuring large families with several children to encourage couples to have.

In addition, companies have launched several products and simulators to encourage young people to find girlfriends, unfortunately sometimes this has the opposite effect and causes some isolate themselves. The media also tries to encourage couples to have more sexual intercourse, as this has also declined with some couples.

Lack of Interest in Sex

Research shows that one of the main causes is the lack of sex, even among couples. In this article, we want to discuss whether the Japanese really lost interest in sex and what are the real reasons for the fall in Natality.


The lack of interest in sex is known to sekkusu shinai shokogun or “celibacy syndrome“. Researches claim that more than 50% of the population did not have sex for up to a month. 

Even married Japanese say they don't have much sex most of the time because they arrive tired from work or simply have no interest. This is another big factor for the lack of birth rates in Japan.

Since the mid-1990s, Japan's economy has stagnated and raised prices. This made it increasingly difficult for young people to leave home and have their own lives, at most they resort to small cubicles. It is difficult to start a family that way.