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Stable employment key to solving Japan's baby crisis

17.3 per cent of men and 14.6 per cent of women aged between 18 and 34 in Japan have no intention of ever tying the knot. PHOTO: EPA-EFE
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TOKYO - The statistics make for grim reading: the proverbial train hurtling towards an inevitable crash unless drastic policy steps beyond the current stopgap measures are taken.

As Japan celebrates Respect for the Aged Day in September with a record number of elderly people - one that is getting rewritten every year - it is battered by other unwanted records.

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