There's nothing like a free cellphone to entice people to buy something of perform some action. Japan got the memo finally, and decided to do it one further in odd, child-bearing fashion. The Japanese government and even the corporate sector in that country as offering both cash and free cellphones (and other electronics) to would-be parents as an incentive to have more kids amid the declining birth rate there. Yeah, nothing says "bring a new life into the world" like a new Sony digital camera or Samsung wireless handset, eh?

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Japanese gov't gives away mobiles to spur birth rate