A grim forecast for "the fastest-aging society on Earth and the first big country in history to have started shrinking rapidly from natural causes" — Economist magazine admits low fertility is killing Japanese economy. Some background:
- The foundations for Japan’s embrace of contraception and abortion was laid by Margaret Sanger, the founder of the international birth control movement, and the Japanese socialist Shidzue Kato. The two began to promote contraception in Japan in the 1920s, although such policies were recognized at the time as a threat to Japanese society and rejected.
Following the conquest of Japan by the United States, Kato and other socialists were elected to the Japanese Diet, and the government passed the 1948 Eugenic Protection Law, which permitted contraception and abortion. The abortion rate is currently estimated to be approximately 250,000 per year.