How many children do Japanese families have?


Yazeed wrote in to ask:

Greetings Richard
I’ve been meaning to ask you for a while, whenever I’m watching something related to Japan be it anime or movies, I can’t help but notice: they rarely have more than 2-3 kids. How many children are there in an average Japanese family? Is not having many children a custom in Japan?

Correct, it’s very rare to have more than 3 kids in Japan. ┬áIn fact it’s quite usual now to have no kids, the vast majority of my friends in their 20s or 30s don’t have kids and don’t plan on having them – there is a huge population time bomb going on in Japan!

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