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9月 4, 2006

[IHT] ヨーロッパにおける出生率の低下

Filed under: Uncategorized — Sato Atsushi @ 1:25 am

洋の東西を問わず。

Europe, East and West, wrestles with falling birthrates – Europe – International Herald Tribune

Throughout Europe, women have delayed having children, or opted out entirely, as they have become more educated and better integrated into the labor market. But the free fall in births is most precipitous and most recent here in Eastern Europe, where Communist-era state incentives that made it economical to have children – from free apartments to subsidized child care – have been phased out even as costs have skyrocketed.

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As Japan’s population ages, its stores hurry to adapt – Asia – Pacific – International Herald Tribune

Since convenience stores were introduced to Japan from the United States three decades ago, they have largely served a youthful clientele, men in their 20s and 30s who spent an average of three minutes in a store, while youngsters often idled out front. But in a sign of Japan’s rapidly graying society, these stores associated with the young are being transformed to cater to the elderly.

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