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Kishida says Japan on 'brink' of social dysfunction as births fall

Prime minister pledges 'unprecedented countermeasures' for child-rearing support

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida makes a policy speech on the first day of a 150-day parliament session on Jan. 23. (Photo by Mayumi Tsumita)

TOKYO -- The low birthrate puts Japan "on the brink of being unable to maintain social functions," Prime Minister Fumio Kishida warned Monday.

"In thinking of the sustainability and inclusiveness of our nation's economy and society, we place child-rearing support as our most important policy," Kishida said.

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