Japan: Elon Musk’s call for a demographic leap – Teller Report Teller Report

Will the Japanese listen to Elon Musk’s call to start? “At the risk of stating the obvious, if something prevents more births than deaths, Japan will disappear. And it would be a great loss for the whole world,” the founder of Tesla and SpaceX tweeted last Monday. The most powerful business leader on the planet reacted to the announcement of another disastrous year for the demographics of the Archipelago. In 2021, the population of the world’s third largest economy decreased by 644,000 souls to 125.5 million people. A new march of the collapse of the country began in 2008, the year of the peak of its population.

Japan has not solved the problem of declining birth rates. Since 1982, the number of persons under fifteen has been declining; their share in the population, which has been declining since 1974, now stands at 11.7%. There are signs of this depopulation everywhere. On the website of the local IPSS Demographic Institute, the list of prefectures by age category is dull, like those of funeral guests. For example, in Tottori Prefecture (southern Japan) there are only 22,000 children (0-4 years old). This desertification is not limited to the countryside. Even around Omotesando, the Champs Elysees in Tokyo, many nearby houses are empty, despite the value of real estate in this part of the capital. “The owners of these houses have no heirs. The area is fading,” lamented Seiichi Matsui, former president of the local merchants association.

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