For once, thats a real horror story. for the last almost 100 years we were regaled with stories of overpopulation and what the carrying capacity of the planet is. And yet, all the predictions of doom have consistently been confounded. Wealth and development also bring strongly dipping population numbers as people stop procreating. Thats especially drastic in Europe, Russia, and incredibly China. Its one-child policy has created more than just one generation of spoilt little emperors that won’t find a wife. China has been the sweatshop of the world. They won’t have the headcount for that anymore.
“Japan is ageing so rapidly that if current trends continue, the nation could eventually disappear altogether”, writes Jennifer Sciubba in her data-packed book 8 Billion and Counting.