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Japanese Workers-Time For Sex, Not Work!

Japan is facing a demographic crisis in the coming decades which will result in a dramatic decline of its population unless the people of Japan lay off work in the office and get back to work in the bedroom. A recent survey of married couples revealed over half did not have sex over the past month. A high percent of men said they were “too tired” after working a full day to go home and have a little sex with their wives. A study bey Durex found that the average Japanese couple has sex about 45 times a year which is half the world average.

Japan has a birth rate of 1.34 which is the among the lowest in the world. If this rate persists, the Japanese population in 2050 will drop to 95 million from its current 124 million. Keidanren, Japan’s largest business organization is asking its 1,600 members to allow its married members to spend more time at home, and, hopefully, fooling around with the spouse in a burst of Japanese patriotism to keep their nation strong.

Germany’s Demographic Nightmare-Too Few Babies

Germany has continually witnessed a decline in its birth rate over the last half of the 20th century and current forecasts are the current 82 million German population will decline to about 69 milion by 2006. The current birthrate is 1.43 children per woman, slightly up form 1.33 the year before, but distant from the necessary 2.1 number that ensures maintenance and growth in population. An economic problem that will arise unless there is a significant rise in population is support for the social security system which will lack people paying in during the coming decades. Uusula der Leyen, Family Minister, believes an important aspect of dealing with the demographic crisis in persuading women to have more children.

Under new legislation, the government will pay the parent who remains home with the child up to 67% of their current income with a maximum of $2,810 per month for up to a year. Another facet of the new program is tripling the number of day care centers in order to assist women who must work. Many conservatives support paying women to remain at home but object to day care centers as encouraging women not to remain with the child.

Ironically, as Germans have fewer babies, German society needs more immigrants.