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By  Fr. Shenan J. Boquet, Human Life International, F

Father Shenan J. Boquet was ordained in 1993 and is a priest of the Houma-Thibodaux Roman Catholic Diocese in Louisiana, his home state, where he served before joining HLI in August 2011. …

A few weeks ago, the prime minister of Japan had a startling message for his citizens. The country, said Fumio Kishida during a speech to lawmakers, is “on the brink of not being able to maintain social functions.”

The reason for this dire warning? The country’s rock-bottom birth rate.

Japan is one of the most rapidly aging nations in the world. Citizens in Japan are an average 49 years old – the second highest globally, next only to Monaco. The population in the country peaked 14 years ago, at 128 million inhabitants. Since then, it has been steadily falling, due to the nation’s measly birth rate of 1.3 children born per women, far below the replacement rate of about 2.1 children per woman. …

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