i think the actual question is, is there any way that the japanese government can solve that issue? there's no laws that can change a culture, so is technology going to be the end of their race? could it end up being the fate of the human race as a whole?
I imagine that may be inevitable in the distant future, unless we preemptively construct a solution that links our individual wants with the overall species' needs. To some extent, I imagine that would entail laws attempting to change culture, though.
I'm not anti-technology at all, nor am I religious at all. In fact, I'm a militant agnostic who embraces technology in every form. But even I have to admit that behind all the loony rhetoric of right-wing Christians who want to "bring back the good 'ol days" of "family values," there's perhaps a grain of truth. They may be right (to an extent) for the wrong reasons. At least, when "right" is defined as valuing the long-term survival and continued growth of the species.
Birth rates are falling throughout most of the Western world, after all, concurrent with technology that's made it ever-easier to live a "self-centered" lifestyle. By that, I mean you can easily choose not to have a family -- or even a relationship -- and not be bored out of your goddamn mind all the time. That probably wasn't nearly as true 30 years ago, before XBox and Netflix, hookup culture in the mainstream, etc.
Sometimes I feel like most people I know my age who are married or headed in that direction are forced more by societal expectations than individual desire. That's probably always been the case. But the force and ubiquity of those societal expectations are decreasing with time, at least in America. And so, if that pressure really is the main thing that's held it together up to this point...
I think I'm more similar to the Japanese dudes described in the article than the average American. (Well, minus the whole "jacking it to a hooker shitting in a bathtub" aspect in the video, at least). Personally, I just don't care; I don't
value the long-term survival of the species. But if I did, I'd probably be concerned.