Children in Japan have decreased for the 37th consecutive year, undermining the country’s initiatives to handle its aging population.
According to new data from the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, there were 15.53 million children age 14 and below as of April 1, 2018 (7.95 million boys and 7.58 million girls). The figure is down by 170,000 from the previous year.
A Chinese baby boy was born four years after his parents died in a car crash. The infant was carried to term and delivered using the deceased couple’s fertilized embryos via a surrogate mother from Laos, according to The Beijing News via South China Morning Post.
Shen Jie and his wife Liu Xi were reportedly undergoing fertility treatment when they died in a car accident in Yixing, Jiangsu province, China in March 2013.
South Korea just shut down a government website that showed where its most fertile female citizens—those between the ages of 15 and 49—live. It was up for only few hours.
The move comes after a public outcry led by feminist campaigners, who argued that the government attributed the country’s low birth rate problem to women alone. There were no photos of men on the website.