It's especially bad in Japan though. The whole culture is aimed at making them as passive as possible - how does the phrase go? The errant nail is hammered down? - and when the police is innefective and corrupt, and the yakuza has more power then politicians, most elevens don't give two shits for anything outside of themsleves.
It's not just why the birth rate is so low, it's also why the population is shrinking from people leaving the country and never coming back.