12/15/2012 – Without Babies, Can Japan Survive?

Faced with an aging society, a depopulating countryside and economic stagnation, Japan has struggled for decades to address its challenges.

Nowhere is the rapid aging of Japan more visible than in rural towns like Nanmoku, where 56 percent of local residents are over 65. Over the next 25 years, the proportion of Japan’s population that is elderly will rise from almost one in four to one in three.

Read the full article at The New York Times.