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Japan's successes in boosting birthrates should not be overlooked

Efforts to promote fathers' involvement and raise leave pay have had impact

| Japan
A father takes care of his baby: The government has increased parental leave uptake among men.

Hilary J. Holbrow is assistant professor of Japanese politics and society at Indiana University Bloomington.

Last year marked an alarming milestone for Japan. The number of babies born fell below 800,000, a first since accurate record keeping began in the late 1890s.

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