Abe convenes panel to tackle low birthrate, aging population | The Japan Times

English: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at...

English: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the G8 summit in Heiligendamm. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Japan Times reports that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has tasked the panel of intellectuals and Cabinet members with providing ideas to overcome the demographics conundrum.

Source: Abe convenes panel to tackle low birthrate, aging population | The Japan Times

Abe and his government are worried about the impact of Japan‘s low birthrate on Japan’s power in future. They will no doubt be debating the impact of China’s new two child policy.

Thoughts?

Assessing Japan’s rightward shift at the top | The Japan Times

Cropped image of Prime Minister Shinzō Abe of ...

Cropped image of Prime Minister Shinzō Abe of Japan during a photo opportunity Saturday, Nov. 18, 2006, following lunch at the Sheraton Hanoi hotel during APEC 2006. White House photo by Eric Draper (press release) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The excellent article explores the history leading to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe becoming Japan‘s most ideological postwar prime minister, pushing right-wing policies on numerous fronts that trample on postwar norms.

Source: Assessing Japan’s rightward shift at the top | The Japan Times

If you read the article carefully there are two important trends. Firstly, there is the increasing power of the right in Japan. Secondly, voters seem increasingly opposed to the shift to the right of the political spectrum.

This leads to an interesting open question:

Are we seeing the beginning of an erosion of democratic values in Japan?

Thoughts?