Japanese family values at a low point? I truly hope not!


The last few days Japanese news are full of sad news showing a breakdown of family relations, while friends, neighbours and even the local government had shown only very limited actions. Information about mummified relatives in the same home in Tokyo or unimaginable neglect of small children in Osaka pop up. I was very hesitant to add this topic to my blog for several reasons: How can you find the right words to comment on “unhuman” behavior? What is the connection of these events with Japanese business approach or Japanese culture?
At the end I hate to point out that these audacities are as well examples of the changes in Japanese society, limited data transfer between different governmental institutions, strong cultural hesitation to step forward to report unusual observations and the need for critical check of official data (life expectancy). All what I can say and wish from the bottom of my heart: May these souls rest in peace.

More thoughts on these events can be found in the editorial of Asahi Shimbun.

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