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Japan's Reproductive Breakdown

November 18, 2012


Worse than in the West, marriage and family are becoming obsolete in Asia, and in particular Japan. Marcos looks at the reasons for this and the dire consequences.

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by Marcos

 In Japan, a country once regarded as conservative, nobody wants to marry anymore. 

In Japan, 61% of single males, between 18-34, said they don't have a girlfriend and 50% don't want one. 

50% of Japanese women born in the 1970's have no children. 30% of Japanese women 30-34 are now single. Thirty years ago, only 2% of women this age were not married. 

The problem is Asia-wide.  In Bangkok, 27% of women in the 30-34 age group are single. South Koreans complain that women are in a marriage strike. 

Japan is the country where the situation is most dire.The birth rate is 1.39 children per woman.  
Japan's population will keep declining by about one million people every year, which will leave Japan with a population of 87 million in 2060. By that time, more than 40% of the population is expected to be over the age of 65. The economy will implode.


Japan is a peculiar place. Children are socialized to be part of a community, and individualism is not encouraged. This is the land of the Bushido Code, an ideology that taught the value of honor, self-sacrifice and discipline above anything else.

 Add to this, xenophobia and the worship of the Emperor, and we can see why Japan produced the best military forces in the whole of Asia. 

However, this perfect army was defeated in WWII in an event that was nothing short of catastrophic. It was not merely a military defeat, but a defeat of a whole worldview that determined the place of the country in the world and the place of the individual regarding  the country. 

After the war, the same mentality was tentatively transferred to the service to the large companies, and we saw both the exponential growth of the Japanese economy and the arrival of the Salaryman (ganbaru), which was the civil version of the self-sacrificing soldier, who would give his life (sometimes literally) for the company, many times working until late at night, and following work with karaoke and binge drinking with co-workers. 

Unfortunately, Japan faced a recession since the 1980's, caused by the growth of other Asian economies, financial mismanagement and the simple fact that the knowledge economy demands creativity and innovation, things hard to develop within a militaristic work environment.

 Today, Foxconn is hiring thousands in China, while people are being laid off at Sharp and Sony in Japan. 

Having the rug pulled from under their feet, and not knowing any other reality than belonging to an all-embracing system, many Japanese men just retreated to themselves. 

One of the most appalling phenomena is the herbivore men (soushokukei danshi), named this way because they prefer to eat grass by the side of a female than to go for the "meat". They are a more passive version of the western metrosexual, a man focused on his looks, cosmetics and grooming, who wastes his time with video games, anime cartoons and candy.

Some look astonishingly like girls, and surveys indicate that they comprise from 30% to 60% of young men in the 20-30 year-old group. 

demotivational-poster-hikik.jpegA more serious phenomenon is the Hikikomori. These are males who simply don't leave their rooms, don't have any social life and usually live with their parents. The Ministry of Health estimates that about 3,600,000 hikikomori live in Japan. Some of them spend their whole lives on the internet and don't join their families even for meals, which are just left by their doors. 


Women always had a difficult life in Japan and indeed, were second class citizens. It is not surprising that young girls, having a choice, would not want to live the same life of their mothers, waiting until midnight for the husband to come home and watching him sleep the whole weekend from pure exhaustion. 

With access to foreign culture, much more money to spend due to the country's prosperity, and often without a brother to divide the attention of the parents, these modern princesses run from marriage like the devil from the cross.

It is not unusual to see long lines in the opening of a new Louis Vuitton or Chanel store in Japan. Japanese women are among the biggest spenders in fashion, cosmetics and travel in the whole world. The last thing they are looking for is a boring herbivore or a hikikomori.

japanesewoman.jpegRecently, a number of books have been written that shed a new light on the situation. One is "Black Passenger: Yellow Cab", which  characterizes Japanese women as yellow cabs which can be ridden anytime.

In these books, we find bored women from all ages, single and married, who are perhaps more easy than promiscuous, and who make a docile prey for foreigners, especially the "exotic" blacks. 

Anything for some passing excitement. Some of these foreigners simply live as pimps, hopping from one lover to the other and profiting from their money. The naiveté  and gullibility of the girls is astonishing, only less so than the attitude of some Japanese husbands who just don't care about the indiscretions of their wives. 

The easy availability of abortion is an incentive, it is in and out: most women don't care to use any birth control methods, and some have a dozen abortions. Neither is there in Japan a solid religious framework that would curtail the practice. 

Women need strong men. The consumerism, vanity and promiscuity of some Japanese women can be explained by the lack of perspectives and the natural avoidance women feel for weak and directionless men. 

This situation is very unlike the one from western women, which is a pursuit of power. Japanese women are perplexed, and they won't change until men change first.

Japanese men must understand that the system has failed them and that they are on their own. Their situation is not much different from western men, unemployed and left behind, with the distinction that western men are less shy and introverted, and have learned to live as individuals, unfortunately, increasingly in a more selfish and anti-social way. 

Men in Japan should not expect reality to change. Nobody will help them; they have been betrayed. Forget the system. They must help themselves, embrace their masculinity, find and dedicate themselves to a vocation, start a business, write and publish, talk to God, travel the world. Get out of the room and the women will follow you. 

See also: 

Article on Asia demography:
Women reject marriage in Asia:
Excellent book on Hikikomori:
Great book on Japanese education:
Another foreigner riding the yellow cabs:

Lack of Babies = Extinction

Scruples - the game of moral dillemas

Comments for "Japan's Reproductive Breakdown"

Paul said (November 21, 2012):

One day, after I had taught English all day to a class of East Asians, I was gathering up my books and preparing to leave. A student, a homely, short Japanese male was sitting there with a sad look on his face. I was ignoring him but then heard him - speak to actually no one in particular. He said that in Japan there are areas where there are no women with black hair. They dye their hair lighter colors to attract the American man. I could tell he was really discouraged because he (and many East Asian males) feel the battle is lost before it starts. They cannot compete with the more virile foreign man and now don't want to try and lose face.

John said (November 19, 2012):

And on top of all their societal problems and insufficient birth rate, they have three plus melted out reactors and at least one exploded and burned spent fuel pool, and all the contamination from that of their soil, groundwater, and seas.

Probably a third of Japan is no longer long-term inhabitable. If the reactor 4 spent fuel pool burns, people will not be able to continue working at the complex in attempt to mitigate the disaster and there will be very serious consequences for the whole Northern Hemisphere.

WLW said (November 19, 2012):

The author begins with the modern history of Japan, the huge defeat of Japan in WWII. The Americans forced unconditional surrender upon Japan. America would not stop fighting until it had it. Japan asked numerous times for terms of surrender but not "unconditional". The dropping of the bombs was done to force Japan to accept Unconditional Surrender.


Because the leaders of America wanted to "democratize" that society. They wanted to destroy the warrior culture of Japan and the Japanese Monarchy. They succeeded in "Americanizing" the country. The ulterior motive of occupying Japan was about making Japan into the New World Order, just like our invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan were. And in order to do that, they had to destroy the Monarchy just as Woodrow Wilson destroyed the monarchies and principalities of Germany and Austria.

And the result? The cultural implosion of genders. It is a mess. Americans are the cause of this problem. They think that "democracy" is the greatest thing and transport that all over the world because everybody is the same. Hundreds of centuries of a warrior culture, Bushido, all wiped away in an occupation.

The occupation of Japan was a necessity to bring it into the New World Order. What ended up happening? Japan is destroyed. Also American propaganda deconstructed the warrior culture in their eyes. Culture is very important. Culture is formed by race. You can not willy-nilly transport Americanism throughout the world.

The essence of a man is to be a warrior. A boy must be trained into his warrior culture. This whole idea of being a warrior is evil has got to stop. The idea of World Peace, brought about by progressives, is what is behind the disparagement of warrior cultures. Men without that are lost. Japan is lost without it. It is not about becoming a capitalist that those boys/men need, they need to re-capture their warrior culture and become again the warriors they once were.

But again the state of Japan is a success for the Illuminati, for our controllers. They don't care. Japan is now part of the NWO and their men are women! Success.


Thanks WLW,

Of course Americans are just errand boys for the Illuminati.


O said (November 19, 2012):

I think the problem is basically economic. In the 70's and 80's, a
man, on one salary, could very easily support a family in Japan, have
a home, and have enough time and money left over to pursue whatever he would like. Its the same thing that happened here in the US. Men are powerless and moneyless.

Kam said (November 18, 2012):

Henry,another spot on article by marcos! The land of the rising sun is indeed in deep trouble!
but i must say that the hikikomori problem is more of a mental illness problem than a societal problem in itself.

Also, we have the problem that Japanese women are materialistic as hell.They wont marry a salarymen because the wages are low and the standard of life is pretty high over there as well.

also,there is a problem in how men sees women.there are cases in which a man will marry a woman but he will just treat her as her " sister" or some other other words, they wont engage in sex at all. there have been efforts by the Japanese govt to foster reproduction among its populace from giving extra credits to couples to advertising how to have sex in anime and manga

also, it doesn't help the fact, as Marcos as pointed out that japan has been in a state of constant recession since the 90's! they even have a name for that era calling it the "lost generation" and obviously things haven't improved with the latest "global" recession.

i do agree with Marcos that ww2 had a huge impact on the Japanese society as a whole and their loss left their men emasculated for decades to come.lastly, despite the fact that Shinto and Buddhism has a large role in Japanese society. most Japanese are godless ,amoral and materialistic .specially their women!

lastly,women prefer European or black men not only because of their money but believe it or not because of the rejection of their own men and race.the rejection of their own race is so strong that women go to the lengths to have plastic surgery in order not to look too "Asian".

Japanese society needs to do some soul searching and realize that not everything in life is about money or the pursuit of it.there are better things that life offers.among these things are the love of god,family and country.

Henry Makow received his Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of Toronto in 1982. He welcomes your comments at