Japan’s birth rate is declining - and fast. Could AI be the solution?

Hiromi Sato holds her son, Haruse, as her husband, Kenji Sato, holds a calligraphy with the characters of his son's name and the date he was born during a photo opportunity at their home in Minamisanriku, northeastern Japan, March 3, 2012. Hiromi gave birth to her son at the Ishinomaki Red Cross hospital on March 11, 2011, the same day when the massive 9.0 magnitude earthquake struck off the northeastern coast of Japan. In a fortunate twist of fate, Kenji Sato, a wiry descendant of fishermen in his coastal hometown of Minamisanriku, took time off from work to see his third child, Haruse, born at a hospital in the nearby port city. A year on, the Satos, who all survived the tsunami since their house was built on a hill, are planning a quiet birthday with some cake and ice cream for the child who, his grandmother Kazuko insists, "was born to save us" Picture taken March 3, 2012.  REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao (JAPAN - Tags: DISASTER ANNIVERSARY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) - GM1E83611GX01

Japan's birth rate reached an all time low in 2019, with around 865,000 overall. Image: REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

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