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Cells And Cash Offered In Exchange For Parenthood

Apparently, Japan is faced with a rapidly aging and shrinking population right now and in an effort to combat the alarming rates, employers are offering workers "baby bonuses" in the form of cash and cell phones.

According to reports, the government and corporate sector are making wild efforts to increase Japan’s declining birth-rate by offering cash, free services and electronics to encourage people to have children. Canon, Sharp and Panasonic have reportedly started handing out financial aid for working mothers and cover costs for fertility treatments and Telecom firm Softbank is also giving cash bonuses and free cell phones (call costs included), among other electronics. It lures employees by saying it’s "the most family-friendly company around."

I refuse to believe anyone would choose to have a child because they were given a small bonus, or $200 cell phone, but the bribes point to an extreme effort by both the government and private companies. I wonder if they will upgrade to giving away iPhones?


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Seraphim Seraphim 10 years
UMMmmmm arent we EXTREMELY OVERPOPULATED as it is?!?!?!!? thats just ignorant!!!
AutumnWind AutumnWind 10 years
woodycakes woodycakes 10 years
wow, that's desperate.
ellenmarie ellenmarie 10 years
this is crazy! ...but for an iphone i would consider...j/k
colormesticky colormesticky 10 years
Well, I take that back. If they didn't live like sardines in Japanese cities maybe there would be room for a baby.
colormesticky colormesticky 10 years
If they'd just have a free daycare service at the office they wouldn't need to go to such ridiculous measures.
pinkflats pinkflats 10 years
only japan would think about doing this; they're so innovative in thier thinking, but i'm not really sure i can agree with them on this one.
fridaporvida fridaporvida 10 years
whyyyy, why, WHY in this age of overpopulation and depletion of natural resources and global warming would anyone encourage the birth of MORE humans? eff that, japan. thumbs down and no kudos for you.
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