Japan will reduce the production of diapers for children to reduce the birth rate and make them for adults

Last Updated on March 27, 2024 11:29 am

As the birth rate continues to decline and the aging population rapidly increases, a Japanese diaper company has announced that it will stop producing diapers for babies in the country and make diapers for adults. Earlier, several companies of the country had announced such a decision.

For more than a decade, sales of adult diapers in Japan have been increasing every year. Even during this period, adult diapers outsold baby diapers. In 2023, Japan’s child birth rate will decrease by 5.1 percent.

A total of 7,58,631 children were born in the country this year. This is the lowest number of births on record in Japan since the 19th century. In 1970, the number of child births in the country was more than 20 goals.

OG Holdings, the company that announced it will stop making baby diapers, says it now makes 400 million baby diapers a year. In 2001 this amount was 700 million. The company also reported that sales of baby diapers in Japan have been declining steadily since 2000.

In 2011, Unichorm, Japan’s largest diaper maker, said its adult diapers outsold baby diapers.

The adult diaper market in Japan is growing and is estimated to be worth $2 billion. Japan is now one of the most densely populated countries in the world. 30 percent of the country’s total population is 65 years or older. Last year, the proportion of over-80s crossed 10 percent of the total population for the first time.

Japan’s population is not increasing but decreasing every year. Population decline has become a crisis for the country, one of the world’s largest economies. And this crisis is caused by the reluctance of women to have children in Japan. The Japanese government is making various efforts to encourage childbearing. But so far it has met with little success.

Experts say everything from low marriage rates and more women joining the workforce to the rising cost of raising children are making Japanese women reluctant to have children. But Japan is not alone. Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan and South Korea are also experiencing declining birth rates.

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