Japan’s young opt for smartphones rather than fast cars

Young people opting for a slower life (photo:dpa)
Young people opting for a slower life (photo:dpa)

Japan’s car industry is being hit by a trend among younger generations to opt for life in the slow lane. Research shows this falling interest in cars in Japan and the United States. The benefit is a reduction in fatal road accidents but the car industry is responding with product development aimed at the needs of younger people.

UNDER 35-year-olds in Japan have spent their entire adult life in an environment of economic, political and social stagnation. They are described as having ‘given up on getting ahead’.

This generation seeks stability, security, conformity - a quiet life. The symbol of their lifestyle is the smart mobile phone. New words refle...

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