Japan’s low birthrate makes sustaining its numerous elderly, expensive. Japanese economist Morinaga Takuro has jokingly suggested a tax on handsome men.
More seriously, Morinaga blames the falling birthrate on Japan’s declining marriage rate.
While an increase in marriage might be ideal, in the US we have multi-generation welfare mothers. Welfare mothers produce. At the risk of Idiocracy, Shinzō Abe could subsidise a class of welfare mothers for his next phase of Abenomics.
Unfortunately, Japan appears on the cusp of global trend among men and women. I’ve long been wary of the manosphere. Feminism drove women from motherhood and healthy female values; now it seems men are being driven from fatherhood. The movement is called MGTOW (Men Going Their Own Way). Like Japanese Grass Eaters, they aren’t interested in women, at least not beyond safe sex. No marriage. No children. Men and women are increasingly choosing to live for themselves, as atomised individuals. The war on the family institution marches on.
To quote Morinaga in closing, “Human women are also great fun!”
Also see: Japan, Land of the Man-Bra.