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Lower education costs could boost fertility rate

While Japan's fertility rate seems to have fallen to a record low last year, it has held up better than in many of its high-income neighbours. Most of the decline is driven by the decline in marriage rates, which is beyond the government's control. But we suspect that if more prefectures followed Tokyo's lead in providing free school meals and slashing of high school fees, fertility would get a small boost. 

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