Japan Leads OECD in Rate of Women Aged 50 Without Children
Japan has emerged as the country with the highest rate of 50-year-old women who haven’t had any biological children, according to a new analysis published by the Nikkei newspaper.
The analysis has revealed that 27% of women aged fifty have never had any children of their own. This figure is highest among the seventeen member countries where the data is available and is followed by Finland’s 20.7%.
The study comes at a time when the Government of Prime Minister Fumio Kishida is finding ways to address the challenging social issue of a rapidly declining birth rate in the country.
Japan is also the country with the highest rate of women born in 1965 without children 22.1%, compared to other 24 powerful countries. Studies suggest that measures such as the adoption of family reconciliation policies and the increase in birth subsidies in European countries have slowed down the rate of decline.
However, Japan lags behind in such initiatives. According to the National Institute for Population and Social Security Research, the number of women born in the year 2000 who will never have biological children could be as high as 39.2%.
experts believe that the current trend is due to a variety of factors, including the large number of single Japanese men between the ages of 35-39 and 30-34. Other reasons include economic difficulties, problems in finding a partner, postponement of parenthood and infertility.
The Administration of Prime Minister Kishida is actively discussing measures to boost the birth rate in the country. In the same vein, the Government has already introduced financial aid for deliveries. Tokyo’s Governor Yuriko Koike is also mulling over a plan to provide a monthly allowance of 5,000 yen (about 35 euros) for minors to cover basic needs.