Loneliness and poverty in Japan

  Toruya Yamagami, who shot and assassinated former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe twice in a row on July 8, is lonely and poor like countless young and middle-aged people in society.
  Does poverty lead to loneliness, or does loneliness lead to poverty? It is difficult to conclude, but loneliness is very common in Japan today. Even starting in 2021, the Japanese cabinet has established a “Minister in Charge of Loneliness and Isolation Countermeasures” to deal with this problem exclusively.
  In April this year, the Cabinet Office’s Loneliness and Isolation Countermeasures Office conducted a survey of 20,000 people, and found that 4.5% of the respondents thought that they often felt lonely when they answered “Whether they have a certain degree of loneliness”. This feeling.
  Who feels lonely in Japanese society? Judging from the characteristics of the respondents, most of them are unmarried or divorced, living alone, unemployed, temporary workers or low-income earners. The mountain should be one of them. After his mother believed in a cult, she donated all the family’s property, and finally Yamagami himself could not even go to university. For more than 20 years after becoming an adult, the mountain has been lonely and poor. Such a living state made him attempt suicide, and finally chose to take revenge on society and embark on the road of assassinating politicians.
  The loneliness of young people in Japan exceeds that of other age groups. About 8% of people in the age group of 20 to 40 often feel lonely. In contrast, only 1.8 percent of people in their 70s and 80s, who were thought to be likely to be lonely, were often lonely. This number is quite surprising. The reason is that the employment pressure and life pressure of young people are much higher than that of older people.
  Today’s 20- to 40-year-olds in Japan face a state of continuous national loss from the day they were born. In 1993, Japanese real estate prices reached their peak, and after that, they began to decline like a stock market hitting the ceiling, and society entered a lost decade. Around 2003, there was no improvement at all, and the media called it “the lost 20 years”. After Shinzo Abe came back to power in December 2012, the economy seems to be improving, but ordinary citizens have not received a rise in wages, and the social conservatism is suffocating. Many economic commentators believe that Japan has entered a “lost 30 years.”
  Losing for 30 years in a row makes people lose hope for the future and society. When there is no hope in society, those who have just entered the society, or who have been struggling in society for more than ten years, feel the strongest feeling is loneliness. Most of these people have poor physical fitness and low desire for life, and often feel helpless, helpless and powerless.
  In their 40s, not only did they not get married, they didn’t even have friends of the opposite sex, they didn’t have a fixed career, they parted ways with their families, etc., which aggravated the loneliness of young people. Originally, Japan is a country with extremely rich material conditions, but lonely people are often economically disadvantaged and have no connection with the rich material in society.
  Long-term economic loss has accumulated a large number of lonely and poor people. It seems that social security is very good, and there is hardly any political movement that opposes the government’s views, but various extreme violent incidents will break out in the society. For example, the slashing and killing of innocent pedestrians on Akihabara Street in Tokyo in 2008, and the Kyoto Animation incident in 2019, often more than ten or dozens of people were killed and injured in one incident, which was very tragic.
  When it comes to poverty in Japan, many people in China can’t believe it. In fact, more than half of single-parent families in Japan are in poverty, and a survey conducted by the Japanese government on the living conditions of children shows that 1/7 of children cannot eat enough.
  Lonely and impoverished, in the beginning some radicals took to the streets to kill innocent people, igniting gasoline to try to burn all the people in the studio, and now there are cases of assassination of former state leaders.
  With 2023 just around the corner, it’s chilling to see the Japanese media start discussing the “lost 40 years.”