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Young Japanese Adults Leave Home Less Frequently Than Seniors: Survey (News)

Tokyo, Oct. 16 (Jiji Press)—Japanese people in their twenties leave their homes less frequently than those in their seventies, a recent mobility survey has shown. The survey, conducted by East Japan Marketing & Communications Inc., also showed that over 60% of respondents in their twenties admit having a tendency to isolate themselves from society. "They can now do shopping and many othe…

“Hikikomori”: Social Recluses in the Shadows of an Aging JapanIshikawa Kiyoshi

The phenomenon of hikikomori—long-term social withdrawal—came to the fore as an issue involving young Japanese in the late 1990s. The situation is becoming even more serious as the recluses advance in age.

Suicide in Japan

More than 27,000 people chose to end their lives in 2013 in Japan, which has one of the highest suicide rates in the world. While the number of suicides has begun to decline in recent years, figures remain high compared with other developed nations. We look at global figures and consider various factors affecting people’s decisions to take their own lives.

The Glow of the Human Touch: Why Shoeshine Stands are Making a ComebackAhmed M. F. Mostafa

The words “street children” don’t conjure up images of Japan for most people, but don’t be fooled into thinking that no link exists. The 1950s, for example, saw big hits for both Akatsuki Teruko with her 1951 song “Tōkyō shūshain bōi” (Tokyo Shoeshine Boy) and Miyagi Mariko with “Gādoshita no kutsumigaki” (The Shoe Polisher Beneath the Tracks) in 1955. A long row of shoeshine stands on a Shibu…

A Growing Demographic: The Isolated and Non-employedGenda Yūji

Despite indications that Japan may finally be heading for an economic recovery, one serious malady continues to afflict the country: a rapidly increasing population of unmarried and unemployed people aged 20 to 59. Professor Genda Yūji of the University of Tokyo’s Institute of Social Science, who introduced the concept of the “Solitary Non-Employed Person,” sounds the alarm.

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