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Unit 03 Kick-off Paper: Regional Revitalization and Japan’s Low Birth Rate

Ryuchi Kaneko
Deputy Director-General
National Institute of Population and Social Security Research

 In 2005, Japan’s total fertility rate (TFR) recorded its lowest-ever level, at 1.26. The figure has since recovered somewhat, and is now treading...

Unit 03-A: Regional Revitalization and Policies Addressing Japan’s Low Fertility

Makoto Atoh
Honorary Director-General
the National Institute of Population and Social Security Research

1. Introduction

 More than 40 years have passed since Japan’s birth rate began to decline. After reaching its peak in 2010, the nation’s tota...

Unit 03-B: What is the Best Orientation for Measures targeting Low Fertility in Regional Revitalization Policy?

Toshihiko Hara
Professor
Department of Design, Sapporo City University

 The announcement in 2014 of a strategy to halt the decline in Japan’s fertility rate and reinvigorate the nation’s regional areas 1) by the Japan Policy Council is still fres...