Birth in Japan – How many children do the Japanese usually have?


Japan is a very small country and has a population of about 127 million inhabitants, some even think that in Japan birth is controlled, or that it is allowed to have only one child 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 rate in the world, research shows 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 and also results in various economic and social problems.

The Government has done its utmost to encourage couples to have children, there is even government financial aid for those who have children. Even though the Japanese are able to, they know the difficulty of raising a child. In addition, the country allows abortion, causing the birth rate to decrease even more. This is a completely reverse scenario of Brazil, where people without conditions raise many children and this ends up generating poverty, crime and more expenses for the government.


How many children do the Japanese usually have?

Japan’s birth rate is 1.34 per woman. This is a very low number that causes the population to progressively decrease, about 0.16% per year. In Japan only about 1 million babies are born a year, and research shows that this number will decrease. In 1925 the birth was 5 children for each woman, and was progressively decreasing.

Here are some interesting curiosities about the Japanese population:

  • Most couples usually have only one child, they don’t usually go over 2 or 3;
  • 13% of the Japanese population is between 0 and 14 years old;
  • 60% of the Japanese population is between 15 and 64 years old;
  • 26% over 65 years of age;
  • 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 babysitter is a rare thing;
  • After their first child, many stop working out;
  • Schools are not published in Japan;

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

Incentive measures to have children in Japan

The Government and businesses have done as much as possible to encourage couples to have children. They also encourage those singles to get a wife. Unfortunately, men are not usually related so much due to shyness, and lack of commitment. Many are not in need of women to satisfy their sexual desires.

The government has offered many forms of aid, allowances and subsidies. Countries often receive help of 15,000 yen per month to help create and breastfeed their child. The government also offers more benefits for those who have 2 or more children. Some provinces even offered very high amounts for the incentive to have children.


In addition to government financial aid, some companies like Canon have decreased the workload and encouraged couples to have children. TV shows, Doramas and Animes end up introducing large families with several children to encourage couples to have. In addition companies have launched various products and simulators to encourage young people to get girlfriends, unfortunately sometimes this has a contrary effect and causes some to isolate themselves. The media also tries to encourage couples to have more sex, as this has also diminished with some couples.

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