Over 31% of Japanese aged 60 or older say they don’t have any close friends, in response to a authorities survey involving older populations in Japan, Germany, Sweden and the United States.
In the survey performed by the Cabinet Office, 31.3% of the Japanese respondents stated they didn’t have any close friends of any gender exterior their households, a determine far larger than 14.2% amongst U.S. respondents, 13.5% amongst these from Germany and 9.9% amongst Swedish members.
Although the survey lined solely 4 nations, the outcomes recommend Japan’s older individuals are likely to reside with out close social interplay past the household unit.
As the nation’s inhabitants quickly grays, calls are rising for efforts to forestall such individuals in Japan from dwelling in solitude.
Asked about their interactions with neighbors, 20.0% of Japanese respondents stated they seek the advice of with their neighbors or are consulted by them, whereas 5.0% stated they assist one another after they change into sick. Again, Japan’s determine got here was the bottom in each classes among the many 4 nations.
As the world has battled the coronavirus pandemic via implementing social distancing and different restrictions on every day life, telework and on-line education have come to play a serious function in society.
In the survey, 59.0% of U.S. respondents stated that they had extra often used electronic mail or telephones for communication in comparison with earlier than the pandemic, the very best among the many 4 nations.
By distinction, the ratio of Japanese respondents offering the identical reply stood at 26.0%, the bottom of all.
The survey was performed from December to January, masking round 5,000 older individuals within the 4 nations. Of them, 1,367 respondents have been Japanese.
The authorities plans to say the outcomes of the survey in an annual white paper on the ageing society which is prone to be endorsed at a Cabinet assembly in June.
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