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We often hear the phrase, ‘declining birth rate and an aging population’ for a few decades. Nowadays, such phrase is now replaced to another, ‘no birth and an aging population’
There‘re also cases where family members are extremely few recently due to the declining birth rate and aging population. Some families say ‘We have no children’ or ‘the youngest child in my family is mid-40s and have no kids’, we often hear nowadays.
Regarding no birth and an aging population in Japan, it’s a serious problem to the extent that the government should issue an emergency declaration about it.
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1. What does Keiko do most likely?
A. contractual employee
C. regular employee
D. part-time employee
2. What could happen if Keiko has children?
A. Her father will be delighted to see his grandchildren.
B. She’ll suffer from financial problems for hiring a babysitter.
C. She could not go to work.
D. Her friend will give her a baby stroller.
3. What is NOT mainly discussed in the article?
A. Keiko got married when she was over 30 years old.
B. Keiko and Tetsuya were both contractual employees.
C. We’re getting to use the phrase, ‘no birth and an aging population’ since younger generation don’t give birth.
D. Keiko doesn’t want to give birth.
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Homemaker is another term for housewife.
A is the past or future job. Now, it’s homemaker.
C and D are not mentioned in this article.
The article mentioned that ‘we can’t leave our children in nursery due to few nursery schools.
A and B are only possibilities in the future, but they’re not mentioned in this article.
D is also a possibility but was not mentioned in the article either.
She said that ‘I want my children’.
A: It’s right. She said I couldn’t do it until 35 years old.
B: It’s right. He said I’m single, not a regular employee.
C: It’s right. He said we are gradually getting to use the phrase, ‘no birth and an aging population’.
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What do you think about no birth and an aging population?
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How is the situation in other countries?
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Do you think the era, ‘no birth and an aging population’ will come?
How to stop the changing?
- What do you think is the situation in other countries?