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article imageJapan Births Rise for 1st Time in 6 Yrs.

By bobSP     Jan 1, 2007 in World
Japan has been locked in an even birth to death ratio, and in 2005 the population actually shrank for the first time..putting the ratio in the negative.
It looks like 2006 will be the year that changes the trend in Japan. Early data shows that 1.086 million birth took place..which was more than 23,000 over last years total. The birth-rate, from this early data, seems to be 1.29 babies per women, up from the horrible low 1.26 of 2005.
However, 2.1 births per person is what is needed to keep the island nation's population steady. This would make. The government has been trying implement persuasive measures to get more couples to get married and have kids.
Last year 18,000 more couples got married than in 2005. However, because of the competitive business world, fewer women are having multiple births or any births at all--the fear they will be forced to retire from work or face shunning for not following traditions.
Well, it looks good..but they've got a long way to go before they get to the 2.1 births per woman needed to stabilize their population.
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