In Taiwan, by 2025, more will die than be born

In Taiwan, by 2025, more will die than be born

In 2016 in Taiwan, the birth rate was 1.17, but the general public seems to be oblivious to the potential threat this extremely low birthrate poses.

Although the government is promoting long term care for seniors, it neglects promoting having more children.

Vladimir Putin wants Russian women to bear three children.

On April 10, 2017, ousted former Taiwan health minister says that the government should take care of all children under 6 years old to increase Taiwan’s low birthrate.  He says that with the government taking care of all children under 6 years old, hopefully, Taiwan’s birthrate can rise to over 2.1.

Taipei mayor Ko Wen-je said that “it is a national security problem that men and women over 30 years old do not get married.”

Beginning in 2016, many Taiwan’s universities have not been able to recruit enough students.

Analysts say that many Taiwanese now choose not marrying and marrying but not bearing children.  But the main problem is that young married couples “do not dare have children” because of low wages, long work hours, work pressure.

A survey of those between 21 and 30 years old by Taiwan’s 1111 Manpower Bank shows that 95% are not satisfied with Taiwan’s current job market environment.  The problems include low wages, long working hours, few job opportunities, and workers have difficulty saving money, things are too expensive, and young people lack financial resources.  Initial monthly salary averages between NT$25,540 and NT$26,614.  A student who works part time after school can earn a monthly income of NT$22,857 while a full time white collar worker earns an average salary of NT$29,638.  If a full time white collar worker takes a side job, his or her average monthly income can reach NT$29,762.  To those working their first job, the starting salary is low, the position is low, their working hours are long, and they do not have any sense of accomplishment.

The universal dream of “getting a job, having children, and buying a house” is more and more difficult to achieve in Taiwan, in Hong Kong, and in Japan.

In Japan, 28.2% of those in their first jobs leave after working for less than 3 years because they could not get along with their bosses and 6.7% say they could not get along with their coworkers.  Among those who have stayed at their first job for over 4 years, 31.9% say one must get along with one’s bosses while 14.2% say one must get along with one’s coworkers.

Japan’s 2015 population was 127,090,000 people.  It is estimated that by 2053, the Japanese population will drop to below 100,000,000 and by 2065 it will drop down to 88,080,000 people.  In 2012, it was estimated that by 2065, the Japanese population will be 81,350,000 people.  In 2015, Japan’s senior population of those over 65 years old constituted 26.6% of the total population, and by 2065, it is estimated that that population will constitute 38.4% of the total population.  The life expectancy of Japanese men in 2015 was 80.75 years old and the life expectancy of Japanese women in 2015 was 86.98 years old.  By 2065, it is estimated that the life expectancy of Japanese men will be 84.95 years old and that of Japanese women will be 91.35 years old.  In 2015, the Japanese birthrate was 1.35.  Because of a slight increase in Japan’s birthrate in recent years, it is estimated that in 2065, Japan’s birthrate will be 1.44.



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Victor Chen, herbalist, alternative healthcare lecturer, Chinese affairs analyst, retired journalist
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