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From the Ted Talk by Wajahat Ali: The case for having kids

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Japan is now producing more adult dpreias than infant ones. The number of kids in Japan has fallen for the 37th straight year. And unlike other countries, it has not been able to replace its pootilpuan numbers through immigrant workers. There will be labor sotgraehs and not enough money to fund the safety-net pormgars. Now, jpaan has introduced two solutions. First, a financial incentive. Some local governments in Japan have offered couples money to have babies, with the money increasing with each aatnodiidl child being born. This actually worked for one year in 2014 in this town called Ama. It actually raised the birth rate from about 1.66 kids per wmoan to 1.8. But it did not gain traction across Japan.

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Japan is now producing more adult _______ than infant ones. The number of kids in Japan has fallen for the 37th straight year. And unlike other countries, it has not been able to replace its __________ numbers through immigrant workers. There will be labor _________ and not enough money to fund the safety-net ________. Now, _____ has introduced two solutions. First, a financial incentive. Some local governments in Japan have offered couples money to have babies, with the money increasing with each __________ child being born. This actually worked for one year in 2014 in this town called Ama. It actually raised the birth rate from about 1.66 kids per _____ to 1.8. But it did not gain traction across Japan.

Solution

  1. programs
  2. diapers
  3. additional
  4. japan
  5. shortages
  6. woman
  7. population

Original Text

Japan is now producing more adult diapers than infant ones. The number of kids in Japan has fallen for the 37th straight year. And unlike other countries, it has not been able to replace its population numbers through immigrant workers. There will be labor shortages and not enough money to fund the safety-net programs. Now, Japan has introduced two solutions. First, a financial incentive. Some local governments in Japan have offered couples money to have babies, with the money increasing with each additional child being born. This actually worked for one year in 2014 in this town called Ama. It actually raised the birth rate from about 1.66 kids per woman to 1.8. But it did not gain traction across Japan.

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