Loneliness in Japan

Japan is facing a decline in community spirit. Recent studies have shown that for the first time in history, the average number of people in a Tokyo home has dropped below two. While this is nothing new if we look at the rest of the industrialised world, Japanese sociologists are worried that this is becoming an acute problem in the context of an ageing society, and is creating new responsibilities for which the state and local authorities are simply not suited. Read the article and watch the news report on Al-Jazeera

Tokyo Christmas Streetscene (christmasstockimages.com) / CC BY 3.0

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