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Japan eyes 1st survey on middle-aged social recluses

  • January 7, 2018
  • , Jiji Press , 2:36 p.m.
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Tokyo, Jan. 7 (Jiji Press)–The Japanese government plans to conduct in fiscal 2018 its first nationwide survey on middle-agers who are shutting themselves in their homes. 

The survey will cover randomly picked 5,000 households with members aged between 40 and 59 to estimate the total number of middle-aged recluses in Japan.

The government also hopes to know how frequently those people go out, why they have withdrawn from society, what kind of family situation they are in and what assistance their families want to receive.

Based on a law enacted in 2009 to help nurture children and youngsters, the government conducted surveys on recluses aged between 15 and 39 in 2010 and 2015.

But it now sees more and more recluses getting older to leave age groups assumed by the law.

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