There is a group you might not think of when considering the impact of not having children.
I was reading about toy company in Tokyo that was going out of business because of steep decline in the number of children. To generate some income the toy company has started selling talking dolls to lonely seniors who will enver have grandchildren.
Talking toys have become such a hit that some elderly people have embraced them as substitutes for the children who have grown old and deserted entire neighborhoods in the rapidly greying country.
“I feel so good, g-o-o-d n-i-g-h-t,” the doll says before falling asleep if the owner pats it on the chest gently.
Or Yumel may ask, “Aren’t you pushing yourself too hard?” when it judges the owner has been going to bed too irregularly or not spending enough time playing with it.
“If you lead an orderly life, Yumel will be in a good mood, singing songs or pleading with you to do something like buying him toys,” Kiriseko said.
Who would have thought this would happen?