Japan: The Age Of Social Withdrawal

Japan: The Age Of Social Withdrawal


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  • Editor: Imanta Maulana
  • Curator: Rives
  • Picked at: October 3, 2020 at 12:07AM
  • Youtube:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h1uhyM7gN50


As the coronavirus pandemic plunged the world into lockdown, for many in Japan the social isolation that was imposed was nothing out of the ordinary. Why have so many in Japan become socially withdrawn - even before the pandemic? Subscribe to Journeyman here: http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=journeymanpictures The Japanese government estimates that around one million Japanese people live in social isolation. In Tokyo, 54-year old Kenji lives a reclusive life because he feels out of place in Japanese society: 'It's a sense or feeling that you shouldn't be here.' Meanwhile, in Ibaraki prefecture, another reclusive man searches for a job - but 14 years of withdrawal makes this a challenge. 'Networks, connections and experience... These are things that matter in Japan'. Children, too, are withdrawing, overwhelmed by a strict schooling system - which has led to NGOs setting up alternative educational institutions. 'Telling them to go back to work or go back to school straight away is not the way,' explains a leader of one education centre. For more information, visit https://ift.tt/3cUcOmt Like us on Facebook: https://ift.tt/1NFaEXJ Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/JourneymanNews https://twitter.com/JourneymanVOD Follow us on Instagram: https://ift.tt/1W4EN48 Visit our subreddit: https://ift.tt/2rOV2fa Al Jazeera English– Ref. 7937

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