If you have not heard of this issue or not thought too much about it, I recommend you read this excellent blog article from Spike Japan. It's a long post but well worth the time as it does an excellent job of describing Japan's population problem from the point of view of rural Hokkaido.
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Most of you are probably aware of Japan's impending population decline and it's rapidly aging society. You may have heard of some of the serious threats from this decline such as depopulating rural areas, a pyramid pension system on the road to collapse, a shrinking economy.