Life - Japan's population problem
Boundless has a good article discussing Japan's growing crisis to do with low reproductive rates (1.29 per woman is very very low. 2.1 is considered the required level to maintain the population size) and makes the important point
These beliefs say that children, instead of being the reason that we work hard to get ahead, are an impediment to getting ahead. Children and their needs are an obstacle to be overcome, or at least managed, in our quest for the “good life.” We may not say this in so many words but our actions shout it. We increasingly plan on having children in a way that differs only in degree, not in kind, from the way we plan for retirement or a sabbatical. All three are contingent on having enough time and money to pull them off in a way that is consistent with what we consider the good life.
Read the whole thing.