Japanese towns pay people to give birth

Families will receive 100,000 yen (more than 21 million dong) for their first child, and the second child increases to 150,000 yen.

According to CNN, Nagi is a small town nestled among lush green hills in western Japan with a population of 6,000 people. This place does not have crowded noisy streets, peaceful life, close to nature, ideal for raising children. More worth mentioning is the policy that pays couples to encourage them to have children.

With the first child, each family will receive 100,000 yen (21 million dong). The more the next child, the greater the benefit amount The second child is 150,000 yen (31.5 million dong). To the 5th child of the family, this figure is 400,000 yen (84 million VND).

Nhờ các chinh sách hỗ trợ của chính quyền, các gia đình tại Nagi mạnh dạn sinh nhiều con. Ảnh: CNN

Thanks to the supportive policies of the government, families in Nagi boldly gave birth to many children. Photo: CNN

In addition to the birth support (which has been in place since 2004), the government also provides free immunization, housing and school subsidies, and reduced child care costs. The town has a sizable budget for home services, partly due to the government’s money to build the Japan Self-Defense Force unit. Officials also accept low salaries to save money for the town’s future.

The policy has been remarkably effective, with the majority of couples in Nagi having three or more children. Between 2005 and 2014, the town’s fertility rate – based on the average number of children a woman has in her lifetime – doubled from 1.4 to 2.8.

Having many children, women in Nagi are still able to balance work (usually not too stressful as in other localities) and family. 70% of women in Nagi after giving birth continue to work, usually office workers or teachers. Some Nagi families still live for three generations under one roof, or at least in the same neighborhood, grandparents can take care of their grandchildren while their parents work.

Since the 1990s, Japan has had to come up with policies to increase the birth rate. According to government data, the total population of Japan in 2018 was 127 million, of which children accounted for only 12.3% compared to 18.9% in the US, 16.8% in China and 30.8%. for India. By 2065, Japan’s population is expected to drop to around 88 million.

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