Japanese Companies Switch to Full-Time Workers as Abortion Causes Shortage

International   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Aug 25, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Japanese Companies Switch to Full-Time Workers as Abortion Causes Shortage

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
August 25
, 2008

Tokyo, Japan (LifeNews.com) — There was a time in Japan that major corporations and small businesses could get away with hiring part-time or temporary employees. But with a worker shortage prompted by decades of legalized abortions, Japanese companies are now forced to hire as many full-time workers as possible.

Aging employees are now retiring, — including those born prior to 1949 when the Asian nation legalized abortion.

The net effect is an economy that shrank 2.4 percent in the second quarter as companies have a difficult time attracting enough employees to get the work done.

Now suffering from a lack of people thanks to the decades of destroying its next generation, Japan has a shortage of workers to replace the baby boomers who are entering their retirement years.

The Bank of Japan index underscores the problems by showing that the demand for labor is at its highest level in 16 years.

Kotaro Tsuru, a senior fellow at the Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry in Tokyo, talked with Bloomberg News about the problem.

"The era of companies just adding temporary workers is probably over,” he said. "Full-timers are crucial for companies to increase productivity, accumulate knowledge and develop human resources to expand.”

Companies are offering higher salaries, better benefits and flex-time to attract workers away from competitors or into new sectors of the economy.

Abortion has resulted in a demographic nightmare for the island nation.

It is the first nation to register more annual deaths than births and, by 2030, the National Institute of Population and Social Security Research estimates the Japanese workforce will shrink 20 percent.

With fewer babies born over the years, the agency says 40 percent of Japan’s population will be 65 or older by 2050 — more than doubling the current ratio.

Barry McLerran, producer of "Demographic Winter," a documentary on underpopulation problems, sees the abortion-underpopulation problem playing out in Russia as well.

The nation doesn’t have enough workers to keep its economy strong and he says that may have contribute to its recent actions in Georgia.

"Russia has one of the lowest birth rates in the world at 1.17 children per woman," he told LifeNews.com. "A nation needs a birth rate of 2.1 just to replace current population."

"Because of its low birth rate and early deaths — due to disease and other factors — Russia is losing approximately 750,000 people a year," he explained.

Most demographers generally believe that Russia’s current population of 144 million will fall to 115 million by 2050. But Murray Feshbach, with the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, thinks Russia’s population will drop to 101 million and could go as low as 77 million by mid-point in this century.

Related web sites:
Demographic Winter – https://www.demographicwinter.com


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