Is this a sensible and welcome option to tide over global economy?

@Roseo8 (2947)
India
January 27, 2009 3:31am CST
I just heard in the news that the Japanese government has the lowest birth rate and has hit upon a new plan to increase its birth rate.Some of the top companies infact are sending their employees home earlier every day to spent more time with their family and procreate.With the recession in the economy and lesser work burden,they have hit upon this novel means of tiding over the current situation in the economic and population front.Do you think this is a wise decision and other countries too should follow suit?
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@apsara60 (6612)
• Israel
3 Feb 09
Ha ha ha.....Rose, you can really become a good welfare minister.......you are worried about everyone...lol. I don't know what to say.....I think Japanese people are very active like jackie chang.....and they are also hardworking.......and if they have no problem, then why should we have any problem..... maximum they will give company to India after some years...... till one day there will be another reward given to another slumdog millionaire.......!!!!!
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@Roseo8 (2947)
• India
3 Feb 09
Hi Aps.....first of all let me make it clear dear...Even though elections are round the corner here,I have no intention of standing for the post of welfare minister or any minister for that matter...........well your observations are not fully correct...The Japanese government says its people are super active and hard working only in the day time........It seems they are inactive at night,and hence this new revision in policy.............
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@apsara60 (6612)
• Israel
3 Feb 09
you mean they think the only way to be active in the night is working for population explosion.......lol, Don't they know ,nights are for sleeping peacefully and not for inventions.....
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@Roseo8 (2947)
• India
3 Feb 09
well dear....the government was under the false notion that if its work force slept peaceful at night,they would be make fresh inventions every day...But now it looks like this strategy has back fired.......and looks like the next generation will be wiped out if its people continue to only sleep peacefully at night.....
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@cupid74 (11394)
• Pakistan
27 Jan 09
Hi dear well in case of Japan, if u study in detail then u will find that their Young generation mostly like to stay single and unmarried and that is one of reason of Lowest Birth rate. Infact they are going to face Generation gap and if things remain like this then in 30 yrs there would be very few young people available in Japan. and they will be running out of Work Force I dont know exact status but still Japan is country which have more ratio of old people in it, i mean above 60 So i think, only for japa its Ok, But coutriers like India, China, Pakistan and Bangladesh, they still need to tight it Take care
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@Roseo8 (2947)
• India
27 Jan 09
Yes Cupie...In Japan the declining marriage rate and rising marrying age in recent years may be considered to be one explanation for the dropping birth rate.Infact the population showed a drastic decline after it peeked in 2004....And if the governmant does not take stringent measures to increase its population,there will be too many older people and a shortage of youngsters in the years to come.... So companies like Canon are encouraging their employees to go home early in the evenings,and spent more time with family.This has a double benefit too...Due to recession most companies have less work at hand and thier work force will not mind going home early and getting a lesser pay package.I was just wondering what will happen if other companies in other countries too follow this trend.....
@cupid74 (11394)
• Pakistan
27 Jan 09
Yeah i know what u r saying and understand that u know first of all salary cut here in our will be drastic as people are mostly hand to mouth Other thing u know only entertainmenr here is This thats why i said, close the tubes LOl
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@Roseo8 (2947)
• India
27 Jan 09
Yes Cupie.......I agree....Infact a salary cut is going to effect many people in our country because most of them have over drawn their cash reserve in the booming economy and now most of them are struggling to repay their loans.But unlike the Japanese population,other people have shown real dedication towards growing and nurturing their family.....,inspite of their busy schedules officially and it would be a real disaster if a population explotion follows the economic recession.......
@dpk262006 (56591)
• Delhi, India
27 Jan 09
I think this idea may be workable and useful in a country like Japan, where birth rate is falling. Allowing one extra day off may ultimately reduce salaries of the empolyees, as they would be required to work less. This may be good idea during recession. However, in India, this idea may not be workable and feasible.
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@Roseo8 (2947)
• India
27 Jan 09
Yes Dpk I know in Japan this new decision is a necessity and will have a double impact.Due to recession ,most companies need their employees to work for lesser hours every day,and for the dedicated people of japan,being able to spent quality time with their family will be a welcome, and much needed luxury... But Dpk I was wondering what will happen if other countries too opt for this option....If the employees are given this option do you think they are going to welcome it?
@dpk262006 (56591)
• Delhi, India
27 Jan 09
It is not a bad idea either, to get an extra off, when one will get an opportunity to spend quality time with his/her partner, he/she will start understanding each other in a better manner(as now a days, both of the partners remain busy, due to their working enviornment) and when partners start coming closer to each other, it not only makes them feel good but they also come to know importance of each othrer's compnay.
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@Roseo8 (2947)
• India
28 Jan 09
Oh so you mean to say that if the same is implemented in our country you will waste no time in starting your second honeymoon........Ok good luck to you,Dpk............
@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
29 Jan 09
This idea does not hit me well. Preplanned mating does not induce romance in a marriage. It is something you are forced to do in response to the call for Government request to populate the country and definitely it doesn't go down well with many couples as having too many births not only burden the womenfolk but also not giving children a quality environment as the economic situation does not allow us to feed many mouths. But even if the Government subsidize every child, it will not be advisable to follow the Japanese government weird planning.
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@Roseo8 (2947)
• India
3 Feb 09
Yes Zandi in a way you are right.......But I guess for the Japanese people this planning by the government may not appear so weird since they are attuned to follow rules all the time,unlike in India where we tend to break every rule in all walks of life,and get away with it scot free too in most cases.......
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@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
3 Feb 09
I believe the Japanese are law abiding people and every rule of law is being adhered to faithfully without thinking of the long term effect. Every country has their man-made rules and laws which are meant to be broken by the 'intellectual' citizens of that country. Without breaking these rules of laws there will be no job for the professional lawyers.LOL
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@Roseo8 (2947)
• India
3 Feb 09
ha..ha....Zandi......Long live lawyers.....hhhhmmmmm...tell me zandi are there no lawyers in Japan.....??
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@oldboy46 (2132)
• Australia
30 Jan 09
It is an interesting concept and as Japan has a low birth rate, it could help in the long term with regard to future workers I suppose. However Japan is in a similar situation to so many other countries in the world with regard to their overall economy at the present time. If the general population is suffering job losses and reduced income, how on earth are they going to pay for the addition to the family? Is there going to be some form of financial assistance given to those people who increase the size of their family or will they be expected to cope by themselves? Personally I do not think it is even fair. What about the single people, those who are past the age of having children or those who simply do not want more children? Do they have to work a full day or week? Sounds to me like those groups are being discriminated against? Also how does the government know just what these people are actually doing during this time? I mean they might just take the time off and catch up on their housework. Are they being paid for the time they are being asked to take off work? Seriously though I do not think it is a good idea really. Not everyone would choose to add to their family and if they decide that way, surely it is their own decision and nobody else’s. How would they go about telling their boss that they are not interested in procreating? Also many countries are already overpopulated and this would only add to the strain already placed on the services which are meagre in many instances. Surely couples have children because they want them and not because the government says they should be procreating! Whatever happened to romance.
@Roseo8 (2947)
• India
3 Feb 09
Well oldboy this concept was introduced in Japan recently and it is being implemented in some top companies like CANON.....I guess this is a discreet way of decreasing the working hours and the pay scale to cope with the economic crisis in these companies.But the Japanese are very dedicated to their jobs and most of them have opted to remain single or to marry late with the result that there is a population crisis in Japan......There are too many old people about and if the government does not take some strenous measures to increase its population,the result will be disastrous.But I must admit that Japan has become too mechanised and this is perhaps a desperate attempt by the government to make its people more romantic.......
@oldboy46 (2132)
• Australia
3 Feb 09
Sounds a bit like 'painting by numbers', except this concept is 'unpaid shorter working hours to procreate'. Not really romantic that way, is it? But then again maybe the Japanese definition of romantic is a little different to mine. Yes I do wish them all the luck in the world and I hope it works out for them but I musta dmit that I have some serious reservations all the same. They cannot change the cultural thinking of the population overnight, or even in one generation and that is what they are trying to do.
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@Roseo8 (2947)
• India
5 Feb 09
You are right oldboy,and my idae of romance is also different from that of the Japanese........But I have always admired the Japanese for their dedication to work and lets wait and watch how well they are dedicated towards inceerasing their progeny........Any way good luck to themn from you and me......
@kalav56 (11502)
• India
29 Jan 09
My dear Rose! Our country is the least qualified to even remotely think on these terms[just the increase of population I mean]because we are already housefull. Increasing literacy would be the best remedy for all ills in our country is my conviction. I do not know what to think would be the solution for other countries.Japanese problem is one that has evolved over time .So, perhaps , other countries that visualise a similar problem in theirs in the future may think of some means to tidy over that.But, with recession all over, it is just not a matter of spending time with one's family but the problem of providing for their education and many of their essential needs etc.., that may put off people from procreating and producing large families.
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@Roseo8 (2947)
• India
3 Feb 09
Hi Kalav...I agree with you dear.......and for once its obvious that we cannot adopt the policy of the Japanese government in our country since it would lead to disasterous consequences.Its just that I found this piece of information amusing and wanted to share it will all of you..........Thanks for your nice response......
• India
28 Jan 09
OMG! Just imagine what would happen if we followed the same here in India Procreate I can understand, but how is this going to help them tide over the global recession? Maybe baby boom can bring in good luck to a nation, but it will certainly mean more expenditure for the parents! On the other side, it would definitely mean a boom to the baby-care industry and its allied industries.
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@Roseo8 (2947)
• India
29 Jan 09
Yes you are right Sudipta,when young working couple in most parts of our country are worried about their job security,a baby is the last thing that will be welcome.It will only increase the financial burden.So lets leave the Japaneses government to deal with their population in their own way....Actually I satrted this diacussion jsut because I heard in the news yesterday that in Japan many top companies are allowing thier employees to go home ealry everyday to spent more time with their family......so as to bring about a much needed increase in population...ha..ha.....
@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
27 Jan 09
Hi Rose, If Japan has the lowest birth rate, I can understand that the government there might think it best for their countries future. I wouldn't agree with it for the world at large however, in fact I feel it would be the entirely wrong approach. Let's see if we can solve the problem of the millions who are homeless and dying of hunger first. Blessings.
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@Roseo8 (2947)
• India
28 Jan 09
Hello Pose.....The Japanese have always been a role model for many countries,and it is with envy that we can observe how they have progressed rapidly after the disasterous second world war to become one of the most advanced and sophisticated countries in the world today.But I do hope, no country will opt to adopt this new decison of the Japanese government to favour its population growth....
@Sreekala (24251)
• India
27 Jan 09
Hi Rose, How can we blame that government if their population is low and they want to increase the population? Lowest birth rate means the lower population. India is trying to reduce the population only because we are in the second place of all over the world. India is concentrating to equate the ratio of male and female children and for that they are doing the necessary steps to equate the ratio. Other countries can follow the same if they are facing any such situation and if they are facing higher birth rate they should try to reduce the same. In our country most parents are happy with one child but in some parts of our country people are not bothered about the number of kids and even unknown the birth control facilities. In my opinion the government should be careful to keep an imbalance and act accordingly.
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@Roseo8 (2947)
• India
28 Jan 09
Yes Sree......In Japan,the people are so dedicated to their professions that they have no time to marry and start a family.Now the birth rate has dropped drastically and more over the mortality rate has increasesd and if the government does not act now there will be big crisis there,with an overdose of old people only.And you are right its the duty of the govenrments every where to keep a check on the population.And In China only one child is allowed per couple.But In India even though two children are the norm ,not many people stick to this rule.
@ganak8 (173)
• India
27 Jan 09
I think it is better to have two children per family whatsoever the population may be the people in japan are hard workers they always think about work and so iit may be a good option to follow these ideas.
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@Roseo8 (2947)
• India
27 Jan 09
Hello ganak,thanks for your prompt and sensible reply.Of course for the Japanese this will be a big break,considering their commitmnet to work,and a great way to tide over the present crisis.............Happy mylotting to you,ganak......
• India
28 Jan 09
the economy recession may make the people to come close their family. this may solve somany mental related and emotional problems. even this could make the people to more fit their health.
@Roseo8 (2947)
• India
29 Jan 09
In a way you are right romeo.This recession may save most people from over work and enable them to relax and spent more time with their family,and relax from work tensions........