Japan PM’s solution to dire birthrate has already been rejected by young

Fumio Kishida says lifting the birthrate ‘cannot wait’ yet policies stick to scripts that have so far failed to address the country’s population crisis

Fumio Kishida is not a politician given to dramatic pronouncements. But this week he issued a stark warning to the Japanese people: have more children, or risk dragging their country into the depths of dysfunction.

His shift in persona from bland career politician to doomsayer in chief is a reflection of the demographic crisis facing Japan, one of the fastest-ageing countries on earth.

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