@yu109 That's what I thought, but I wanted to ask because although Japan may not be dying, it's going through a major change in its population structure. What else would you call it if not "shriveling" at least? And does it not follow that the increasing number of people leaving the workforce in future will lead to more demand of them and other consumers who bring in cash to the gov's coffers? How much can be replaced by robots to keep the economy running?
Of course in the end, I would be more than happy to see the population fall in a controlled manner. Ultimately it's better for the planet. Plus you'd maybe have more space in trains!
@daoko-lover Having sex does not equal baby-making although you see them used interchangeably quite often. But it's the latter that is actually in decline and has been. Reasons are various, "overwork culture" and work culture in general being one. This is quite an easily googleable topic, although one must be aware that these news items tend to follow a certain narrative. It's interesting to hear the pov of Japanese citizens themselves, but when you get answers like "it's just propaganda" it's like.. yeah.