Babies cry as they are held up by amateur sumo wrestlers at a temple in Tokyo in April 2018. Photo: ReutersBabies cry as they are held up by amateur sumo wrestlers at a temple in Tokyo in April 2018. Photo: Reuters
Babies cry as they are held up by amateur sumo wrestlers at a temple in Tokyo in April 2018. Photo: Reuters

Japan’s birth rate takes a nosedive amid rising costs of having a family

  • The country expects about 880,000 births this year, a decrease of around 200,000 from just a decade ago
  • Theories for why the birth rate has plummeted include one that is hard to prove – a desire for children to be born in the new Reiwa era after Emperor Naruhito’s coronation

Topic |   Japan
Babies cry as they are held up by amateur sumo wrestlers at a temple in Tokyo in April 2018. Photo: ReutersBabies cry as they are held up by amateur sumo wrestlers at a temple in Tokyo in April 2018. Photo: Reuters
Babies cry as they are held up by amateur sumo wrestlers at a temple in Tokyo in April 2018. Photo: Reuters
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