How to reduce the burden of childcare when the fertility rate is too low? Japanese government promotes “parenting technology”

Japan has entered a low birthrate very early. No matter how the policy is reversed, the effect is quite small. One of the fundamental reasons is that young couples have to raise children in dual-income families. It is impossible to tell whether one person will quit his job to take care of the children. In the past, he sacrificed his mother to be a housewife. Now Not only is the idea of ​​gender equality becoming more popular, but more fundamentally, it is based on the salary of young people. If one person is missing from work, the income is not enough to support the family, and it is wrong to sacrifice anyone’s career. Therefore, the Japanese government is now turning its head to technology to solve problems.

In the past, housewives used to spend one-third of their time doing laundry, and it was not until the washing machine came out that a lot of housewives’ time and quality of life were freed up. To solve the problem of childcare, it is not to push the burden of childcare on the husband or the wife. Push it to your husband, or you can only convince your parents-in-law to do the intergenerational education. The final and reasonable solution should be to let technology solve problems for human beings.

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan and Odawara City launched a joint project to allow citizens of Odawara City to try childcare technology products and test their effectiveness. The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry hopes to balance work and childcare burdens with the assistance of technology. An exhibition of parenting technology products is held in Odawara City, allowing guests to try out 9 kinds of parenting technology products and services. After that, the city government will investigate the opinions of the trial users and analyze their needs.

Parenting technology products, including the function of coaxing babies to sleep, solve the biggest dream of working parents: when they are too tired to die, they will be kept up all night by the crying of the baby from time to time, but they have to go to work the next day. When the artificial intelligence device hears the baby’s cry, it will automatically analyze the most probable cause of the baby’s cry.

Smart screens that can monitor babies at any time from a distance, as well as smart products that automatically feed babies, also allow parents who need to go to work to get away from their children.

The mobile app provides special route suggestions, telling parents pushing baby carriages where to enter public places such as train stations, and have passed barrier-free slopes to avoid the need to carry the baby carriage up the stairs.

There are also remote counseling services to provide pregnant and breastfeeding women with correct medication knowledge. The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and Odawara City have also set up a social media platform to allow parents and caregivers to communicate with each other. On the one hand, parents who are struggling and lonely taking care of their children can complain to each other, and on the other hand, they can become a distribution channel for second-hand parenting technology products.

According to the results of this trial, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan will consider how to further promote parenting technology to see if technology can become the ultimate solution to the crisis of low birthrate.

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