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Births Plummet in San Francisco Bay Area

A new study suggests that the birth rate is collapsing in the San Francisco Bay Area, partly due to high housing prices, as women are delaying childbirth until they can afford living space in which to raise children.

Pregnant San Francisco (Chris Michaels / Flickr / CC / Cropped)

Low California Birthrate Endangers Welfare State

A new report in the Los Angeles Daily News details the many dangers that California’s record-low birthrate holds for a state where there is constant political pressure to expand welfare spending, and where the cost of living continues to outpace inflation.

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UK Mothers Most Likely to Give Birth Outside Wedlock

A buried item in the Office for National Statistics data dump today reveals that UK-born women are the least likely to give birth while married. In 2014, the ONS reveals, “a much higher proportion of births to non UK-born women


‘Hikikomori’: Japan Faces Epidemic of Young Men Never Leaving Their Rooms

Japanese health officials are attempting to deal with a growing problem—a million young adults, mostly men, have locked themselves in their bedrooms and are refusing to come out. This condition, called “hikikomori” by Japanese health professionals, is deeply troubling Japanese leaders.


Millennials’s Birth Rate Dropping

A report from the Urban Institute has some disturbing implications for the future of the United States, asserting that birth rates among women 20 to 29 years old between 2007 and 2012 reached historic lows.

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Japan’s Demographic and Financial Implosion Accelerating

Despite the positives of cheaper oil, a weaker yen currency, and zero interest rates, Japan’s Nikkei 225 stock index plunged -3.02% in overnight trading. Over the last 25 years, Japan has become the world’s most indebted nation and its stock market has lost 70.4% of value as the nation is literally beginning to die out in a demographic implosion.

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Washington Post: Will Abortion Ban Halt Japanese Death Spiral?

Japan as a society may be on something of an irreversible death spiral. Is banning abortion the answer? An article in the Washington Post notes that some have wondered whether this could help. More than a quarter century ago, Japan became