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Baby girl born in Manila is symbolic 8 billionth person in the world

8 billionth baby
  • On Tuesday, demographers estimated humanity hit a global population of more than 8 billion people and will continue growing its global population for the next 60 years.
  • On the same day, officials of the Philippine Commission on Population and Development welcomed the world’s symbolic 8 billionth baby in Manila, Philippines.
  • Across the globe, baby Damian, who was born in the Nuestra Senora de la Altagracia maternity hospital in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, was also selected for the symbolic milestone birth.
  • According to the U.N., the population growth indicates a gradual increase in human lifespan, which has been generated by improvements in medicine, nutrition and personal hygiene.

As demographers have estimated humanity hit a global population of more than 8 billion people on Tuesday, the world’s symbolic 8 billionth baby was born in the Philippines.

Vinice Mabansag, who was born on Nov. 15 at the Dr. Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital in Tondo, Manila, was welcomed into the world at 1:29 a.m. local time by officials of the Philippine Commission on Population and Development (POPCOM).

Japan wants its young people to drink more

  • The National Tax Agency in Japan is holding a contest asking those aged 20-39 to share business ideas for increasing alcohol demand among young people.
  • The campaign, called “Sake Viva!”, hopes to make drinking more desirable.
  • Participants have until the end of September to submit their ideas, the best of which will be developed and presented in November.
  • According to the campaign’s website, Japan’s alcohol industry is declining due to the country’s aging population.

To boost its alcohol industry and economy, the National Tax Agency in Japan is holding a contest for participants to design alluring business proposals that will increase alcohol demand among the younger generation.

According to the “Sake Viva!” campaign’s website, the alcohol market in Japan is declining due to a significant factor: the older demographic of the country’s population. Drinking habits altered by the COVID-19 pandemic are also listed as a cause for the decline in alcohol sales.

Japanese Lawmaker Says Not Having Children is ‘Selfish’

Politicians from Japan’s ruling party are placing the blame of the country’s population crisis on people who preferred not to have children, with one official calling them “selfish.”

Japan’s population decline, which sees a trend decreasing the number of Japanese by one third in the next 50 years, has prompted the government to implement measures to boost rates to at least 1.8 children per woman, Express reports.

Japan Sees the Fastest Drop in Population Ever Recorded

Japan’s population has fallen at the fastest rate last year since its survey started in 1968. As per government data released on Wednesday, the number decreased by 308,084 from the previous year to 125,583,658 as of January 1, 2017.

According to Japan’s Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry, this marked the eighth consecutive year of decline, despite the fact that measures have been taken to address the graying society.

Why the South Korean Government Is Paying Families To Have More Babies

In a desperate effort to improve the nation’s waning birthrate, South Korea has been offering monetary incentives for families to have three or more children.

So far, between 2006 to 2016, the South Korean government has spent over 101.6 trillion won ($90,000,000) to encourage people to procreate. The campaign, however, has yet to yield the necessary results to keep South Korea’s population of 51 million stable.