I was simply curious on the matter of society's basic foundation that keeps it strong and continuing after reading the following articles.
Japan is ageing faster than any country in history
FOR about 50 years after the second world war the combination of Japan's fast-growing labour force and the rising productivity of its famously industrious workers created a growth miracle. Within two generations the number of people of working age increased by 37m and Japan went from ruins to the world's second-largest economy. In the next 40 years that process will go into reverse. The working-age population will shrink so quickly that by 2050 it will be smaller than it was in 1950, and four out of ten Japanese will be over 65. Unless Japan's productivity rises faster than its workforce declines, which seems unlikely, its economy will shrink.
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“It's embarrassing to say this,” admits Mr Yamada, “but after a first child is born, the husband often doesn't do his bit helping out at home, and that engenders anxiety in the wife about having a second child.” That is partly cultural habit. Boys are pampered at home by their mothers and expect the same treatment—no nappy-changing, no washing up—later from their wives. But it is also because of the long working hours companies expect. So, says Kuniko Inoguchi, minister for gender issues and social affairs under Mr Koizumi, policy needs not only to be directed towards encouraging more women to work, with more nursing care for elderly relatives, better child care, more flexible working arrangements and so on. It also needs to make life better for working men.
Asia's lonely hearts: Women are rejecting marriage in Asia. The social implications are serious
It's a long read, but basically the gist of the story is that marriage in Japan highly segregates the role of husband and wife, making it unfair for women, thus new generations of women tend to be entirely "career women," having nothing to do with family. Past social traditions, it seems, are entrusting a highly unfair deal in marriage to women, leading to an interesting social effect that is observable in Japan today.
Very sexist, in my opinion.
Perhaps if women enjoyed more of the financial & independent freedoms that men had in society, and if they knew that their husbands would have more time to pick up the slack on house work, they would less reluctant to marriage or even carry a relationship.
Does this phenomenon indicates that marriage/ nuclear family is largely the base of society?