Japan’s fertility rate made a slight rise to 1.32 from 1.26, but overall trends remain that Japanese society does not seek many children. In fact, the fertility rate would have to rise to 2.07 merely to maintain present population levels.
Japan, in one sense, reflects a growing world wide trend that as societies become economically prosperous, they seek smaller families which means fewer children. If this trend continues, it suggests that by the second half of this century, nations like the USA, Germany, Japan, England, etc.. will be desperately seeking immigrants in order to do work that the population can or will not do. How does one explain these demographic realities to those in America who oppose immigration?
Japan Times June 6, 2007 “Fertility Rate Up but Population Still Shrinking”