Japan's welfare failure leads to lonely deaths for the poor

Many Japanese people face a lonely death (photo:dpa)
Many Japanese people face a lonely death (photo:dpa)

Japanese society is facing a wave of separation, uprooting and anonymity. Traditional community bonds are being broken as more and more people, facing economic uncertainty, are forced to live on their own in anonymous apartment buildings. They are separated from their families, have low-paid jobs and work long hours. Many face a lonely death.

Japan's welfare failure leads to lonely deaths for the poor

THE earthquake and tsunami which hit Japan in March 2011 sparked a strong revival of the values of a traditionally agricultural society.

It was condensed in the word of the year: <i>kizuna,</i> meaning bonds.

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