Japan – More Pets than Kids
With all the depressing talk about declining birth rates and whole towns dying in Japan (there aren’t enough crematoriums to keep up!), there is one population that is rising – pets! According to this article (in Japanese), pets now outnumber children in Japan.
Japan is officially pet crazy. As in – almost as crazy and pampering to their pets as Americans. Along with such craziness comes the various “wacky inventions” to accommodate pet owners. I’ll try and outline a couple below.
This same article points out that Japan’s aging society doesn’t apply only to humans. Dogs and cats are starting to live longer and longer: cats in Japan live to 16 – a 50% jump over 20 yrs ago and dogs live to 15 – a whopping 100% increase over 20 years ago. Which begs the question: what were they doing to their dogs back then?
OK, so what is a pet owner to do to take care of these ‘elderly’? You can start with this contraption – shorts to help keep doggie diapers on. Sounds like a good idea right? (although the look on his face says: “please put me to sleep now”).
I realize that doggie diapers have been around in the US for a little while, but that doesn’t mean that the Japanese can’t make better doggie diaper technology!
This vending machine sells “doggie water”, doggie sports drinks, doggie tea (called “wan-cha”), and even special DHA enhanced drink for your pooch. They range from 210 to 240 yen ($2 to $2.30 – more than the human equivalents!)