Andy Brett

532 days ago

The number of visitors to his center and inquiries dramatically increased over the last few years, especially among those in their 20s, 30s and 40s, who now account for 70 percent of the total.

Takahashi believes the trend reflects the collapse of the permanent employment system in Japan and an increase in the number of unstable jobs as simply working at big companies does not guarantee security and satisfaction anymore.

He added that more people are also opting to lead sustainable lives especially after the March 2011 reactor meltdowns, which laid bare the negative side of convenient and modern technology.

The slow life in rural Japan is converting more young people

TOKAMACHI, NIIGATA PREF. – Aging settlements nestled in mountain valleys or fishing villages are drawing more than just retirees who want to live in seclusion.