厚生労働省が年内に公表する新しい将来推計人口で、今後長期的にみて、女性が生涯に産む子供の平均数が1.2人程度となることが分かった。2002年にまとめた前回推計では長期的にみた出生率は1.39程度に高まるとしていたが、これを現在より低い1.2前後と大幅に下方修正する。出産育児一時金の増加 などで、出生率の下押し要因となっている晩婚、晩産の改善を試みている厚生労働省だが、女性の自立、キャリア思考、そして右肩上がりの離婚率が続く現代においてはむなしい努力に終わるでしょう。Source: 12/17/2006 on NIKKEI NET
On average, women will give birth to 1.2 babies in their life time according to new findings by the Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare. This is a dramatic negative adjustment to the Ministry’s 2002 research where it predicted the figure to increase to roughly 1.39. The Ministry is taking measures to combat the social trend of late marriage and late birth through efforts such as increasing (dependents’) midwifery expenses maternity allowance but as women’s independence, career orientation, and the upward trend of divorce rates continue, the Ministry’s efforts are far from effective.
As the Japanese work force shrinks, it will become difficult for the country to sustain its position in today’s global economy, especially against Chinese and Indian work forces. Japan has only two ways to approach this national problem: to increase foreign workers or to adapt to a new domestic economy that is in balance with fewer workers. To increase and sustain a growing number of foreign workers, Japanese legal system needs to be more accessible to non-Japanese nationals. WJA strives to play such a role. To adapt to a new domestic economy in balance with fewer workers, Japan’s entire economy must be restructured. Only industries operating with economies of scale whereby productions can be highly automated will thrive. Jobs in industries requiring heavy labor such as agriculture and construction will be outsourced to foreign countries such as China and India. Labor hours of highly educated professionals such as doctors, lawyers, and accountants will only increase as they stretch their short supplies to meet public demands. Sounds pretty bad doesn’t it? That is why I believe Japan will increase the number of foreign workers and why I believe WJA will serve your interest.
Note: The English version of リーガルレント will be posted late in the week as I will be on a business trip to Scottsdale, Arizona.
Thinking about working in Japan? Preparing to move overseas almost becomes a full-time job in the final weeks of your departure. Many people quit their jobs weeks before so they can devote their time to preparation. But what about your health insurance? Short-term health insurance plans are a great solution. ↓
Below are links to Certified Social Insurance and Labor Consultants providing services in English. Also below are useful links related to working in Japan and links to women balancing career and personal happiness. WJA realizes and promotes women's increasing value in the labor market.