JAPAN: Sales of Adult Diapers Exceed Those For Babies

JAPAN (East Asia)

Population:  127 Million

– More than 23% of the population are aged 65 or above.

Fertility Rate:  2.1 children/woman in 1970 vs. 1.4 children/woman in 2010

Life Expectancy:  72 years (1970) vs. 83 years (2010)

Infant mortality:  2.21 deaths/1,000 live births

Male/Female Ratio:   0.94 male(s)/female

Major Religions:  Shintoism, Buddhism

– Japan is aging faster than any country in history.

– It has the highest life expectancy in the world.

– One Japanese commits suicide every 15 minutes. 

– Abortion has been legal in Japan since 1949.  Around 300,000 abortions have been conducted in Japan each year.  One out of three Japanese women has had an abortion.

– Japan legalized the contraceptive pill in 1999.

– One in every four marriages ends in divorce.  Some couples are celebrating the end of their marriages before family and friends with “divorce ceremonies”.   

-Japan is the largest producer of child pornography.  Its sex industry is worth an estimated $30 billion, second only to its automobile industry

– The first Gay and Lesbian Parade in Japan was held in 1992.

– Only in Japan do the sales of adult diapers exceed those for babies.

 

Sources:

https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/ja.html

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2012/05/11/lack-babies-could-mean-extinction-japanese-people/

http://www.cnngo.com/explorations/life/asias-most-sinful-cities-174006?page=0,4

http://www.freetoshop.org/human-trafficking-true-stories/147-sex-industry-in-japan-raising-concern.html

http://factsanddetails.com/japan.php?itemid=670&catid=19&subcatid=127

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/feb/24/japan.mentalhealth

http://factsanddetails.com/japan.php?itemid=599

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20091020i1.html

http://www.divorcerate.org/divorce-rate-japan.html

http://www.stat.go.jp/english/data/handbook/c02cont.htm#cha2_4