I frequently hear and read about the declining population of Japan. There are more elderly people and fewer children than ever before. Schools are closing due to not enough students and the public services are taxed as more retired people need more services with less working people to pay for them. One reason I find this so interesting is that I currently know four women in Hokkaido who are pregnant. I don’t think I’ve known four people who were pregnant at the same time ever before.
Are you curious about what baby names are popular this year? Names in Japanese are difficult for me, so I am interested in what the most popular ones are. According to Japanese site, Tamahiyo, here are the top ten for girls and for boys in 2013.
You’ll notice 7 and 9 for girls are both Airi and 4 and 8 for boys are both Haruto, but with different kanji. The whole kanji thing is a mystery for me, so I don’t know how teachers or doctors or other people can look at different kanji and know the child’s name is Airi or Haruto.