Thursday, November 12, 2015
Japan's Next Generation of Youth: Latchkey Kids.
I was walking by a nursery/kindergarten the other day. It was one of the many that have popped up in my neighborhood over the last few years.
I wondered why, if the birthrate is so low in Japan - along with the smallest population of children since WWII, and all these pre-schools and nurseries are being built (three new ones in my neighborhood over the last 2 years or so - a neighborhood full of senior citizens), then why has the Japanese government reported that there are over "23,000 children on waiting lists to get into pre-school"? (There were over 44,000 in 2014). Why have two of my close friends told me that they, "Couldn't find a nursery or preschool to put their 1-year-old into" while they go to work.
I got it! It's simple really, when you stop to think about it....
Even though the birthrate is dropping seriously, the economy is is the shitcan; families can no longer depend upon the husband's job nor support the family on one income... Hence, the wives have started working...
When the wives have to work, they have to put the kid's into daycare. Pretty simple, right?
The same phenomenon happened in the USA... Then throughout the 80s. Remember, "Latchkey Kids"?
We are brewing an entire new generation of Latchkey Kids now in Japan too because of the BS the government is doing to the currency and the economy; which leads to more and more debt and a situation whereby the mother has to work in order for the family to survive financially.
I think this is terrible. How well did this situation serve the United States and American families?
You can judge for yourself if this is a desirable condition or not.