Japan’s new economic “stimulus” plan: we need more babies


Japan, in the midst of an unprecedented recession, has asked its corporations to work toward fixing another major problem: the country’s low birthrate. Facing a dwindling birthrate of  1.34, well below the 2.0 needed to maintain the population, Japanese corporations have be asked to let workers go home early to spend time with their families and help Japan with its pressing social problem.

From the original article:

Even before one reaches the front door of Canon’s headquarters in Tokyo, one can sense the virtual stampede of employees pouring out of the building exactly at 5:30 p.m.
In a country where 12-hour workdays are common, the electronics giant has taken to letting its employees leave early twice a week for a rather unusual reason: to encourage them to have more babies.
The 5:30 p.m. lights-out program is one simple step toward helping address the population problem. It also has an added benefit: Amid the global economic downturn the company can slash overtime across the board twice a week.

I guess it’s the differences in work ethic, because I would consider getting off work at 5:30 to be late. I wonder if this offer extends to unmarried employees as well. ==;

Source: cnn

And thanks to Xplizit for bring it to my attention.

7 Responses to “Japan’s new economic “stimulus” plan: we need more babies”

  1. 5:30-6:00 is typically when I get off anyway…

    I wonder if it’d be discrimination to keep the bachelor/ettes at work. XD

  2. What are they going to do about dropping the suicide rate?

  3. @Kiri: they should let them out early too, there’s no rule saying you have to be married to have babies. Screw chasity, do it for the economy! =P

    @blissmo: um… maybe let them out even earlier? lol?

  4. that’s an interesting move and it should be done more often. I think many of the problems in Japan are caused by overworking. More sex would make people less depressed and promote the birth rate, and less depression means happier workers doing their job better.

  5. After the war world 2 Japan have been growing in an exponential rate until it reaches the 80’s. The birth rate have been dropping like like hell until this day.

    It’s a good start to fire up the citizen in Japan to reproduce again. I approved!

  6. Persocom is right about it being an interesting choice. Is that what would help the world economy the most? Is more population what japan needs at the moment? I say let them out of work but still encourage commonsense on whether or not now is the right time for the individual.

  7. Japan need to increase birthrate to maintain the population number while China needs to restrict one child per family to maintain their population, hm….

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