Falling Japanese Birthrate
Japanese government thinks one of the reason why our birthrate keeps falling down is money. So they are thinking to get us delivery expense. It will be some help but I don’t think it solves the problem much. This country, actually people are not supportive for people with infant or child. Childrens are treasure of nation but for most of Japanese, childrens are parents belongings.
I posted about it on my weblog before, I think I can still say same thing. Please read the extended post if you are interested.
The other day, a woman was pushing stroller at some trainstation in Tokyo. It was just before noon, trainstation wasn’t crowded at all. Then, she got in the elevator. There were one old lady, me and that young mom. Just before closing the doors, two middle aged guys (maybe 50 around?) got in the box.
The guys gave a glance at the woman. The one guy said to another “young mothers are lazy these days” in unneeded loud voice. Obviously he tried to offend her. The other one answered “yeah. mothers with baby shouldn’t use public transportation. especially stroller is taking up space”. I wanted to yell at them. Maybe I should have ask them why they are using elevator at least. (btw, I had the reason. I bought a big pot of lavender. I couldn’t use stairway)
When the elevator arrived, they pushed her and her stroller to get off the cage. Old lady told her “don’t care about it.” but seemed she was almost crying.
It happened only in 30secs. but it ruined my day. Probably, it ruined the woman’s whole week.
Japanese birthrate keeps dropping down. lawmakers keep saying they are trying harder but I think they are missing the point. daycare center, revision of working rules and etc are fine. It will be a good support.
But woman still feel insecurity about having baby. It is not about money for shopping, traveling, pleasing herself, for education for kids or even her own freedom. Many women answer “because it costs too much”, “I want to develop my career”, “I don’t want to lose my freedom yet” or something when she is asked why she doesn’t have baby or doesn’t get married. She may be sick of answering the same question again and again so, she just repeats typical answers.
Half of my married friend don’t have a baby yet. They usually say, they are not ready yet. or they say they want but it is too tough to be a working mother in Japan.
Most of lawmakers are around 50years old or older. The same generation to the guys on elevator. I’ve never seen 50 around guy giving his seat to elder, handicapped or pregnant woman. Are they total strangers to the concept of compassion?
That generation are working on raising Japanese birthrate. So their idea will work? I doubt it.