About 1.62 million Japanese people aged between 20 and 59, who are single and unemployed, are socially “isolated” from society, a survey by researchers showed on Sunday.
The survey was led by University of Tokyo professor Yuji Genda as part of research projects entrusted by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, which is affiliated with the education ministry, Kyodo news agency reports.
People who were not married, not in education or employment in 2011 and who were also single or only in contact with family members on two consecutive days of the year, were randomly chosen to be included in the study.
“‘Isolated’ people tend to lose the will to find a job, and they are highly likely to end up in a financial bind,” professor Yuji Genda said, according to the Japanese press.
The specialist also mentioned the need for the central and local authorities to get involved in assisting such people by providing counselors to visit them.