Apparently, Japan is faced with a rapidly aging and shrinking population right now and in an effort to combat the alarming rates, employers are offering workers "baby bonuses" in the form of cash and cell phones.
According to reports, the government and corporate sector are making wild efforts to increase Japan’s declining birth-rate by offering cash, free services and electronics to encourage people to have children. Canon, Sharp and Panasonic have reportedly started handing out financial aid for working mothers and cover costs for fertility treatments and Telecom firm Softbank is also giving cash bonuses and free cell phones (call costs included), among other electronics. It lures employees by saying it’s "the most family-friendly company around."
I refuse to believe anyone would choose to have a child because they were given a small bonus, or $200 cell phone, but the bribes point to an extreme effort by both the government and private companies. I wonder if they will upgrade to giving away iPhones?