Japan is facing a shortage of birth tourism, as new visitors to the country are arriving on short notice.
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Japan’s birth tourism program, known as the Birth Tourism Initiative, aims to encourage births by offering a free visa for foreign women to the Japanese capital of Osaka.
The government is also cracking down on the influx of foreigners into Japan and in recent months has introduced a number of new measures to keep the country’s population under control.
Japanese officials say the initiative is designed to reduce the number of overseas births, as well as the countrys population.
The Birth Tourism initiative, which aims to increase the number and number of births in Japan, has become a source of controversy since the country started allowing foreigners to bring their children into Japan.
More than 3,000 foreign tourists have arrived in Japan since July this year, according to the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, and nearly a quarter of them are women.
But the new arrivals have been arriving on a temporary basis.
According to a recent poll by the Nikkei business daily, about half of the foreign arrivals are expecting their first child in the next five years.
The majority of the new births are expected to occur in the first two years of the project.
“The birth tourism initiative is a national project and should not be viewed as a national issue,” said Toshiyuki Morimoto, the minister for foreign affairs.
“The initiative is aimed at increasing the number [of births] in Japan.
If we can reach the goal of doubling the number in the short term, we can reduce the need for foreign births.
The birth tourism project is a way to achieve that goal.”
The ministry also said the program has increased foreign tourism by more than 4,000 per cent over the last three years, and it plans to double the number by 2020.
However, critics have criticised the initiative for not being sufficiently transparent about its objectives and said it has created unnecessary problems for the country.
“It is not clear that the Birth Tourism Initiative is going to achieve the aims set out by the ministry, or whether the number is going up or down,” said Takashi Takaoka, the president of the Japan Association for Birth Tourism.
“They have been able to create an environment where the public are worried about their welfare.
It is difficult to believe that a government agency has managed to produce results on the basis of the promises that were made.
This shows that the initiative has failed.”
Some experts have also criticised the government’s approach, saying it has made no attempt to monitor whether the foreign births are really needed.
“I have not been able, at least to judge how many foreigners were brought in to take advantage of the program.
The ministry seems to be taking their word for it, even though they have not released any information,” said Norihiko Fujisawa, a senior researcher at the Institute of Asian Studies at Kogane University in Tokyo.
“It seems to me that the ministry has taken the view that foreigners are coming to Japan for birth tourism purposes.
They have failed to provide any information on this.”
But Toshihiko Nishiyama, the chief secretary for foreign and social affairs at the Ministry for Culture, Sports and Tourism, said he was “surprised” that so many foreign tourists were arriving to Japan.
“We are seeing a great number of foreigners come in and that is really encouraging,” he said.
“I have seen a lot of foreigners who have been in Japan for years, they are coming for a temporary visit, but they are returning to Japan and we are also seeing a number coming here for a longer period of time.”