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.

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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Dr. Stefan Lippert
The family was poor and apparently unwilling to seek help from the welfare system. Police assumed they had died from starvation
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