8 signs Japan has become a 'demographic time bomb' www.independent.co.uk

posted by  banzaitokyo | 11 months, 2 weeks ago

Japan is dealing with what economists call a "demographic time bomb."

Through a vicious cycle of low fertility and low consumer spending, the country's economy has gradually shrunk over the last 25 years.

People are living longer, and they're heaping greater social-security costs onto younger generations who aren't having kids to replace them — thereby furthering the cycle.