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Why Is Japan Dying?

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By:John Seiler | January 22, 2016

It’s Jan. 22, 2016, the 43rd anniversary of the Roe v. Wade abortion decision by the U.S. Supreme Court that has killed more than 60 million babies here.

But this year, let’s turn to Japan. Fortune magazine ran an article titled, “Why Japan’s Economic Troubles Should Worry the U.S.” It warned that the world’s third largest economy is shrinking. According to writer Chris Matthews, Prime Minister Abe’s program aimed “to rescue the country from the grip of disinflation and negative growth. His plan to jump-start the economy—a multibillion-dollar combination of massive stimulus, structural labor reforms, and monetary easing—has fallen flat, partly because of escalating political pressure.”

Actually, that’s the same Keynesian economic malpractice Japan has suffered since 1989, dumping the country now well into its third “lost decade.” It’s also what the U.S. has followed since after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, as seen in our declining middle-class incomes and paltry economic “recovery.”

Fortune continues, “But the real reason goes deeper: Japan’s population, the world’s oldest, is shrinking. The archipelago’s population has fallen 0.6% in the past decade, while the share of the population older than 65 has risen from 20.4% to more than a quarter. The result is that Japanese companies, facing the prospect of a smaller market for goods, see little reason to invest in new capital spending.

“Compared with the rest of the world, though, Japan may not be worse so much as early. Large economies, such as those in the U.S., China, and Germany, are all projected to have 22% of their population over age 65 by 2050, which has vast implications for economic growth and publicly funded social safety nets.”

What’s the solution? Fortune is the Establishment’s top business magazine, so its recommendation is predictable: import millions and millions of immigrants to take care of the aging Japanese: “All the stimulus in the world can’t make Japan’s population grow. ‘Japan doesn’t need liquidity,’ [economist Carl] Weinberg says. ‘It needs people.’”

Actually, if Japan opened its borders, pretty soon Japan would cease to be, instead becoming some other country with different people, even though Japanese people have lived there since before recorded history.

At the worst, assuming foreigners are not imported, if the low birthrate continues the country’s social security system will collapse, old people will die more quickly and perhaps the country will recover—but it still will be Japan.

The article neglected the real reason Japan doesn’t have enough young people: It aborted them. Abortion has been effectively legal there since 1948 with the Eugenic Protection Law during the American occupation, so our country’s own leadership bears some blame—24 years before Roe v. Wade.

Breitbart reported, “Japan’s executives are working the country to its demographic death, by pressuring women to abort their unborn children, according to a new poll.

“Rengo, Japan’s biggest trade union confederation, conducted a poll showing that a full 20% of young mothers experience some kind of office harassment, and pregnant workers suffer even greater pressure and abuse. It is not caused by some supposed ‘patriarchy,’ because women colleagues dish out twice as much nastiness towards pregnant women as do male colleagues, the article states.”

A solution was proposed in the Asahi Shumbun newspaper by Noda Seiko, chairperson of the Liberal Democratic Party Executive Council: “With 200,000 pregnancies being terminated per year, if we are to counteract the falling birthrate, then we must begin there. I intend to have this reviewed in the party’s Special Committee on Population Decline in Society following the Upper House elections. We will not only prohibit abortion, but instead of prohibition we must also create laws (to mediate) child adoption, and prepare an environment in which children who are born can be brought up in society.”

Another problem likely is the continued U.S. occupation 70 years after Japan’s surrender. In 2011, I wrote an article for Chronicles, “Gelded Europeans,” which showed European countries in which U.S. troops were stationed—even two decades after the Cold War ended—showed a perceptibly lower birth rate than those countries lacking U.S. troops. I suggested that was because the long occupation had gelded their men. The same seems to have occurred to Japan. Japan’s own rotten regime is resisting real reforms. But inevitably they will occur, as the only way to prevent population decline of one’s own people is to have more babies and stop killing them—while putting your own men in charge of national defense.

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