Population Policy is Hard Read the Latest Issue of Foreignin Editorial.

Population Policy is Hard Read the Latest Issue of Foreignin

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 Foreign Affairs Report June 2022 | FOREIGN AFFAIRS JAPAN


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 China, suffering from a declining population, has abandoned its one-child policy... | FOREIGN AFFAIRS JAPAN

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 First of all, it was interesting to learn that the birth rate in East Asia as a whole is low, that Japan is relatively better off than other countries, that Japan has relatively good policies, but that it has not achieved much due to conservative views, even though it was a side discussion.

 It was interesting to hear that Japan is relatively good in terms of policy, but has not achieved much due to its conservative views.

 On the other hand, China also made me think. It is very convincing that the one-child policy could be reversed in the sense that the policy is forced in a certain way. On the other hand, I also understand that China is becoming more and more conservative, and that this, combined with a return to tradition, is likely to lead to a kind of dystopia....


 Population policy is difficult. We should not be too careless in our approach.


 Changing the topic, I think we need a policy that does not rely on population.

 Instead of population control, we should think about improving national strength with something that can be better controlled.

 Yes, that is AI.

 One is to maximize GDP per capita.

 We have jokingly mentioned food energy (methane fermentation) in the past, but AI can also be a consumer of good power (whether it is clean as well as stable in quality), a good environment, and good data.


 Relying on population to build up national strength can only lead to tragedy.

 Now is the time to change our policy and think about measures to strengthen the nation's power without relying on people.


 →Of course, the premise is that people who want to have children should be able to do so.

 We should not force people to have children, and we should not depend on them to do so.

 What is necessary to avoid the next tragedy is to induce a slow decline in population and to create a society that is not in pessimistic retreat, but one that is positively better, one that is more affluent, one that can use more land and energy, and one that is comfortable to live in. We are about to quit the policy of relying on population growth.