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Demeny Voting and Its Impact, NIRA Round-Table March 10, 2011


  • Demeny, Paul
  • Aoki, Reiko
  • Makihara, Izuru
  • Ushio, Jiro
  • Yanagawa, Noriyuki


The birth rate in Japan remains lower than the target rate. Both the population size and composition by age mean an increase in the number of elderly people and a decrease in the number of young workers. - We should squarely address the essential problem inherent in the current voting system, that is, the problem that the interests of the next generation cannot be reflected in decision-making under the current system. - Demeny Voting, which aims to provide parents or prospective parents extra votes, is also expected to work to recover the birth rate. - We have not implemented measures to address the low birth rate issue as a soure of major threat to national strength. Demeny Voting will serve to trigger fundamental discussions on the low birth rate and inspire new policy ideas.

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  • Demeny, Paul & Aoki, Reiko & Makihara, Izuru & Ushio, Jiro & Yanagawa, Noriyuki, 2011. "Demeny Voting and Its Impact, NIRA Round-Table March 10, 2011," CIS Discussion paper series 520, Center for Intergenerational Studies, Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University.
  • Handle: RePEc:hit:cisdps:520 Note: This is an English translation of NIRA Interview Series No.62 “Impact of Demeny Voting” (Domein- touhyouhou no Shogeki).

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