Japan, U.S. Poles Apart on Harmful HPV Vaccine

Over the last few years, Japan has experienced a sharp decline in their fertility rate—one of the lowest rates in the world.1 2 Coupled with its low fertility rate is an aging population that continues to grow rapidly.1 For obvious economic reasons, it comes as no surprise that Japan’s government has expressed legitimate concerns over its declining population.1 2 In response to this predicament, in 2009, the government began offering monetary incentives to women that bear children, however, their efforts remained unfruitful.2 3 As a result of the looming crisis, Japan’s government has exercised caution in implementing initiatives that affect women’s’ reproductive health

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