Scott Wilson writes: Later this year, Japan will attempt to induce its own baby boom.
Japan’s rapidly aging population and declining birthrate has been a problem for decades now. There have been several attempts by the government to try and alleviate the issue, but so far none have met with much success.
However, one upcoming strategy may finally prove successful. It comes from the Japanese government’s Accelerated Family Bureau (AFB), which recently announced that starting later this year they will begin issuing “breeding visas” to residents of foreign countries.
▼ The visas will allow certain eligible foreign travelers
to enter Japan, just like any other current visa.
According to plans put forth by the AFB, breeding visas will be offered similarly to tourist, work, and family visas. However, breeding visas will have their processing expedited (typically available after one business day) and applicants will receive reimbursement on all travel expenses incurred.
Holders of breeding visas will be required to provide evidence of at least one pregnancy that they helped induce, either in themselves for females or in a Japanese citizen for males. Those unable to do so will have to pay a fine of no less than 50,000 yen (US$476) upon departure.
The AFB plans to issue breeding visas with stay durations of one week, one month, and a special one-day “one night stand” version that comes with extra bonuses … (read more)
(This is an April Fool’s joke)