One big reason for the low fertility rate in Japan is that women are increasingly postponing marriage in order to work longer and build a career. Over one-third of women between the ages of 30 and 34 are unmarried, and in Japan’s conservative society, marriage remains the socially accepted condition for having children.
Only 2 percent of Japanese babies are born outside of marriage, and there is still a strong stigma attached to such births. The vast majority of single mothers are divorced, as divorce has become more socially acceptable over the past generation or so. Public policies, like the tax laws, continue to discriminate against mothers with children born out of wedlock compared with divorced mothers with children.
This would be incredibly smart if the Times had not just published an epic article on the new American class divide being marriage and having kids in vs. out of wedlock. The dysfunction from single motherhood is so widespread that the progressive media can only fight a fallback option now and avoid mentioning how they pushed "single moms can do it as well as married parents" for decades. Japan's birth rate might bump up, but so would countless socioeconomic dysfunctions.
This is all the media mandarins have because first they would have to recognize the odd thing about "women are increasingly postponing marriage in order to work longer and build a career". Does that statement "work longer" mean they'd all automatically opt out? Does the Times wonder why Japanese women cannot find the time to find a mate? How do men do it? What is the magic trick men perform where they can build a career and find a spouse? Why would the Times solution of illegitimacy help these working women when in fact, it would complicate their lives? As women are the gatekeepers on reproduction "my body, my right", a series on this from the Times would discuss the dark side of the career gal in the city dream they push.
There is something else, even deeper. The scare articles last year were that the Japanese were not having sex anymore. Then other articles said no, they are having plenty of it. Business Insider recycled this no sex panic theme this year. They are having sex, just not making babies. This is hedonism and modernity turned to 11. No sense of continuing the chain of your culture. No sense of leaving something for the future that is part of your family and society. A frivolous existence of mass consumerism and focus on their individual experience. The media cannot train their eyes down that path and create a discussion of that phenomenon because for the SWPLs reading the Times, that hits a little too close to home.