How Loneliness Has Become a Business in Japan

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Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare has carried out a research that continues to confirm the alarming trends among the Japanese community.

For the first time in the history of censuses in Japan since 1899, the birth rate in the country has dropped by one million this year and has been estimated at about 981,000. The number has fallen about 25,000 compared to 2015, as revealed by a research carried out by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare of Japan.

The Ministry has stated that the biggest factor behind this alarming trend is the declination of the female population between 20 and 30 years old. So, it will continue if they do not change the age composition in Japan, where the population is getting older.

Several studies conducted in the country show that everything is happening due to the mindset of young people. In particular, the recent survey of citizens between 18 and 34 years old showed that nearly 70% of men and 60% of women stay without partners . Among them, 42% of men and 44.2% of women have said they have never had sex.

“Extremely depressing”

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Meanwhile, various Japanese companies strive to offer ‘solutions’ to this social problem. The company “Vinclu” has gone further in designing an invention for single men.

Azuma Hikari, a holographic woman ‘locked’ in a device called ‘Gatebox’, which is already on sale. Hikari awakens his master in the morning, sends him positive messages during the day and advises him on the weather. According to the creators, the goal of the project is to “let these characters be present in our daily lives in a natural way and spend a relaxing time with us.”

However, can such inventions solve social problems or can only aggravate them?

Some people said that the product is extremely depressing. Others have noted that this Holographic is a threat to the nation because people are declining to give birth.

The portal for anime fans, Goboiano , has collected comments from some fans that are not quite agreed with the advantages of the project. They say that the most discouraging thing is: “there are people who need it.”

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Pay for hugs

Today Japan has a large number of places designed for people who feel lonely and need company.
For example, in Tokyo, there is a cafe where you can spend time cuddling with a person who does it professionally.

In addition, you can ‘rent’ animals to walk or enjoy time or you can pay companies that are responsible for organizing a meeting with an elderly person so that as a customer you can ask advice of wisdom.


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