September 19, 2018

YOU SAY THAT LIKE IT'S A BAD THING:

Aging Japan: Military recruiters struggle as applicant pool dries up (Linda Sieg, Ami Miyazaki, 9/19/18, Reuters)

Amid a rock-bottom birth rate, the number of Japanese age 18 to 26 - the core of the recruitment pool - has shrunk to 11 million from 17 million in 1994. That group is forecast to shrink to 7.8 million over the next 30 years.

That has left the SDF unable to hit recruitment quotas since 2014. Overall, the military was only able to recruit about 77 percent of the 9,734 lowest-rank enlisted personnel it had sought in the year ending in March.

"Twenty years from now, unless we can replace a considerable number of people with robots, it'll be hard to maintain the current level of war capability," said Akihisa Nagashima, a former parliamentary vice defense minister and conservative independent lawmaker.

The rest are right behind.

Posted by at September 19, 2018 7:04 AM

  

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