So, with Japanese feet growing larger, will we see more big-foot shops in the near future? Don’t hold your breath, says a spokesman at Ten’s Shinjuku shop. “Young people’s feet are growing bigger, it’s true, but the number of young people is decreasing year by year. I honestly don’t think the shoe market is going to change very much.”
As the population declines, intolerance of children and the noise they make is increasing in a society growing less accustomed to hearing them, some child care experts say... this creates a self-perpetuating problem: Despite the falling birthrate, it is seen as less acceptable for parents to expect nonparents to put up with inconveniences caused by their offspring.