The Aging Dilemma for Asian Populations

Japan, the first country into extensive experience with an aging population as fertility rates decline and life expectancy increases, is far ahead of other Asian countries including Singapore, Thailand, China, ... Read More...

The consequences of Japan’s shrinking

The population of Japan peaked in 2008 at 128 million. With the fertility rate – births per woman – falling below 1.5 at the beginning of the 1990s and falling as low as 1.29 in 2004, the population is shrinkin... Read More...
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Can There be Such a Thing as ‘Peak Children?’

The world has largely accepted the concept “peak oil” – in which oil production peaks, then goes into an irreversible decline. Now it is being asked to contemplate that the world is also rapidly approaching “peak youth.”  That is the point at which there wi... Read More...
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World Population Trends Signal Dangers Ahead

The United Nations has released population data confirming the continuation of long-term global demographic trends and a larger global population than previously projected. Nations cannot afford to ignore tr... Read More...
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To Urbanize, China Needs More People

China is famously making an effort to spur its economy by increasing the rate of urbanization, moving as many as 250 million more people from low productivity work in agriculture to city factories and service industries in what is intended to be one of the big... Read More...
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China’s One-Child Nonsense

For more than three decades the One-Child policy has been among the most discussed, praised and reviled aspects of post-Mao, reform-era China. But the facts of China’s demographics over the past 50 years sug... Read More...