Family ties among elderly are breaking in Japan

Japan is losing its grip on traditional family bonds. This is because the economic reality is that many people cannot afford to live. As people in Japan live longer, this puts a serious strain on the economic and welfare system of Japan.

The declining birthrate and the fact that there are more elderly people living in Japan today is causing a social imbalance that directly affects and strains the Japanese social welfare system. This problem will continue to worsen in the coming years. As younger people become lesser, their contribution the pension system will not be enough to cover the pension of the elderly.

What’s worse is that younger people who are poor can suffer even more as age-old tradition in Japan calls for them to care for their aging parents.  The strain of caring for the elderly can put a mental and physical toll on someone who is already having economic problems.

Due to this, Japan is seeing a trend in which family members are becoming more scattered than ever before. Most people are willing to abandon their obligations and live their own lives which is a lifestyle that is weakening traditional family bonds.

It would be very interesting to see how Japan will solve this social crisis.  If not fix, Japan’s economy will be in a lot of trouble.

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