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Japan to offer free college tuition in 2025 to parents with 3 or more children.


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In Japans ongoing efforts to fight population decline they are planning offer free college tuition to parents with 3 or more kids.

https://stoppopulationdecline.org/kishida-to-offer-free-university-tuition-for-families-with-3-children-starting-2025/#

 

Makes sense to me, if you want people to have kids then you need to make it affordable to do so.

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Too little, too late.  The same thing is happening all over Europe, as well.

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1 minute ago, and-then said:

Too little, too late.  The same thing is happening all over Europe, as well.

It's a trend in all wealthy developed nations. It's the same in the US we just counteract it with immigration.

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15 minutes ago, and-then said:

Too little, too late.  The same thing is happening all over Europe, as well.

Especially too little too late for places like China where they're now offering things like tax incentives, housing subsidies, and longer maternity leaves. They are also looking at ways to reduce the cost of childcare and education. Some provinces are even offering to pay sperm donors.

But their workforce is already shrinking and it will take many years before it can recover.

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7 minutes ago, Kittens Are Jerks said:

Especially too little too late for places like China where they're now offering things like tax incentives, housing subsidies, and longer maternity leaves. They are also looking at ways to reduce the cost of childcare and education. Some provinces are even offering to pay sperm donors.

But their workforce is already shrinking and it will take many years before it can recover.

Chinas a little unique in that they had the one child policy for a while. But I do find it interesting that it seems to be a global phenomena across many cultures.

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3 minutes ago, spartan max2 said:

Chinas a little unique in that they had the one child policy for a while. But I do find it interesting that it seems to be a global phenomena across many cultures.

Yes they are unique in that respect. They had the one-child policy which was later changed to a three-child policy. Now they are encouraged to have as many kids as they want. As for the rest of the world, I think the reasons differ country by country. I know that in Canada, one of the reasons given for the decline is the skyrocketing cost of housing. The pandemic obviously and the economic crisis following it no doubt also played a role. Bottom line: people just can't afford to have children.

But as you mentioned earlier with your US example, Canada will also make up for it through immigration.

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7 hours ago, Kittens Are Jerks said:

Bottom line: people just can't afford to have children.

Good.

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11 hours ago, Kittens Are Jerks said:

Bottom line: people just can't afford to have children.

This speaks to a broader failing within our present system.  No living wage.  The USA still doesn't have universal healthcare.  And children are too expensive.  Oh, and the institution of marriage has been reduced to a scam.

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1 hour ago, Alchopwn said:

This speaks to a broader failing within our present system.  No living wage.  The USA still doesn't have universal healthcare.  And children are too expensive.  Oh, and the institution of marriage has been reduced to a scam.

I wonder if some of it is also because of how much instant entertainment there is now. Movies, shows, games, books, etc. really an endless catalogue of ways for people's attention to be captured.

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2 hours ago, spartan max2 said:

I wonder if some of it is also because of how much instant entertainment there is now. Movies, shows, games, books, etc. really an endless catalogue of ways for people's attention to be captured.

I've found that with AI, filters, and even CGI, make believe people are much more attractive than the real thing.  Couple that with technology that replaces real people in relationships and I can totally see why population is decreasing.  Just look at Japan For Japan’s ‘stranded singles’, virtual love beats the real thing | Japan | The Guardian

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7 minutes ago, Gromdor said:

I've found that with AI, filters, and even CGI, make believe people are much more attractive than the real thing.  Couple that with technology that replaces real people in relationships and I can totally see why population is decreasing.  Just look at Japan For Japan’s ‘stranded singles’, virtual love beats the real thing | Japan | The Guardian

That's an interesting concept too. Especially as AI advances 

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10 hours ago, spartan max2 said:

I wonder if some of it is also because of how much instant entertainment there is now. Movies, shows, games, books, etc. really an endless catalogue of ways for people's attention to be captured.

I think that is a symptom, not the cause.

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