The Japanese Prime Minister says that the aging population is a failure of today's society
The decline in the number of births in Japan has alarmed the country's Prime Minister Fumio Kishida.
He stated that the aging of the population proves the failure of today's society.
"Japanese society is on the edge of the precipice. Focusing attention on policies for children and their upbringing is an issue that cannot wait and cannot be postponed", stated Prime Minister Kishida.
He added that the government will double spending on birth-related programs and that a new government agency to take over the problem will be established in April.
Japan, with a population of 125 million, is estimated to have had fewer than 800,000 births last year, compared to more than 2 million in 1970.
Japan currently has the world's second highest percentage of people aged 65 and over, at around 28%, behind the tiny country of Monaco.