"In situations where both parents work, many children return to an empty house."
"Shared meals are rare," they continue. "Consequently, there are no opportunities to share conversation. Each member of the family faces difficulties, but since there is no fellowship each is lonely and has little experience of loving or being loved."
Husbands’ time and energy were consumed by their work, and wives who were previously full-time homemakers began to work part-time outside the home. Children, when their school day ended, were absorbed in extra-curricular activities or "cram schools" until late at night. As a result, shared meals or other opportunities to be together as a family decreased significantly. It has become difficult for families to come together to talk with one another or share companionship.
In both urban and rural areas, living alone has become more common, resulting in increased loneliness and anxiety. The number of people who die alone or without any connections to others is increasing. Japanese society can be characterized as "unrelated."
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