Japanese Companies Address Baby ShortageHiroko Tashiro
Japan, which has long fretted about its low birthrate, got limited good news when the government reported in June that the country's total fertility rate—the average number of children a woman is expected to bear during her lifetime—rose to 1.37 last year from 1.34 in 2007. It was the third straight rise from a record-low 1.26 in 2005.
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