Germany’s economy has eked out extremely low growth over the last 5 years—recent revisions to GDP data mean its output is once again barely above pre-pandemic levels, but that still means the country has seen less than 0.5% cumulative GDP growth since late-2018. German industrial investments have not recovered to pre-pandemic levels at a time when countries like the US are pouring record amounts of resources into factory construction and equipment purchases. Real German fixed investment in equipment remains below 2018 levels nearly 5 years later, despite a strong recovery in late 2022 and early 2023. Related: Germany Is Running Out of Workers, Putting Growth in Jeopardy and China’s Auto Export Wave Echoes Japan’s in the ’70s and Germany’s Niche Companies Are a Model for Life After Globalization
- Date Posted:
- August 10, 2023
42% of adult Japanese women may end up never having children. In a more optimistic scenario, a quarter of women born in 2005 may end up not having offspring. The midpoint estimate by Japan’s National Institute of Population and Social Security Research calls for a third of them not having children. The percentage of childlessness is even higher for men, with as many as 50% never seen having children, according to the report.