More Old People, Fewer Kids Web
: Simon Black : Sovereign Man : June 2019
Last year, for the first time in recorded world history, there were more people 65 years or older than under 5.
On the one hand, life expectancy is expanding, with medical technology meaning people live longer.
On the other hand, throughout the industrialized world, people are having fewer children. The math is simple. More retirees to support, fewer future young workers to support them.
The country where this shows up most clearly is Japan, which has the highest life expectancy rate, and one of the world’s lowest fertility rates.
Japan now has more people over the age of 80 than under the age of 10.