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Japanese Companies Shorten Workdays So Employees Can Procreate

Canon and some 1,300 other companies in Japan are forcing their employees to leave work early twice a week in an attempt to encourage them to go home and make babies. The country has one of the world’s lowest birth rates in the world, well below what is needed to maintain its population. Some think 12-hour workdays are to blame, which is why companies are forcing workers out of the office twice a week by turning off the lights and heat. Unfortunately for employees, it also means they’re making less money in overtime hours and therefore have smaller incomes to pay for said babies. Keep reading »

Women: Now With Fewer Babies Than Ever Before!

Nowadays, we modern gals are too busy to worry about spawning. It might be on some of our to do lists, but according to a 2006 survey, one in five women never have a baby. That’s double the number of childless women in 1976! While 30 years ago, 59% of women had at least three kids, now only 28% have popped that many out. The U.S. Census Bureau, who conducted the survey, speculates that societal factors, like people trying to conceive later because of careers and education, fertility rates steadily dropping since the ’80s, and a wide range of socially accepted birth control options, are all adding up to less brats, er, bundles of joy. Now you can point fingers at the empowered products of women’s lib all you want, but we’re willing to bet there’s an underlying economic issue here too. For instance, the birth rate keeps going down while college tuition keeps going up. Coincidence? We think not. Kids cost a lot more than condoms. [The Guardian]

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Fewer Guys Born

Earlier today we learned that men used to fight over women because the gals were so few. Well, in the future, women may get into girl-fights over men. In various countries around the world, the number of baby boys versus girls is declining. Now, there are still more guys than girls being born in most places, but in the U.S. alone, an estimated 135,000 fewer boys were born between 1970 and 2002. Scientists aren’t really sure what’s causing this, though there are many hypotheses — pollution, diet, alcohol consumption, stress, etc. One thing that’s quite fascinating about raising kids is that male babies require more energy to raise and also are less hardy than girls and tend to die more easily. Another researcher found that the number of boys born in NYC relative to the number of girls fell significantly after September 11. [Sydney Morning Herald] Keep reading »

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