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Workers Sent Home to Make Babies

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South Korea's baby-making scheme asks people to stop focusing on business and "get down to business."

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The latest mandate from the South Korean Ministry of Health is simple: Lights Out. 

Promptly at 7 PM, all businesses must shut down. It's called Family Day, a once-a-month event that's trying to boost South Korea's birth rate -- the world's lowest, according to the World Health Organization.

Hey, who wouldn't want to be sent home to jump in the ol' sackaroo?

Well, South Koreans, for one. For years, workers have been asked to leave work to concentrate on making babies. Trouble is, kids are expensive -- and most parents can't afford the ones they have. To sweeten the pot, the ministry even offers financial gift vouchers to procreating parents.

Quite a reversal from the slogan, "Give Birth Without Thought and Keep Living Like a Beggar" that ran during the campaign to attempt to curtail South Korea's population explosion in the 1960s.





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