Oliver is joined by Dr Aya Homei from the University of Manchester to discuss family planning, looking at how Japan’s history of medical science has influenced policy and its impact on the current aging population. Aya unpacks historical attitudes in Japan towards child-bearing held by individuals and the nation and explains that through scientific thought of the time, such as eugenics, much can be understood about attitudes today in Japan and East Asia.
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[L] Graph of birth rates provided by Dr Aya Homei.
[R] “A Japanese newborn- having babies is service to the nation, in a way!” by shankar s. is licensed under CC BY 2.0
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