In Japan, you’re not alone in being alone

Loneliness is a globally recognized social malaise in our fast-paced society, exacerbated by the recent pandemic. But there is a flip side to it: If loneliness evokes a sense of isolation, even in the presence of other people, its cheerful sister is solitude, a consequence of a proactive choice to be alone for reflection or to enjoy one’s own company. Japan leads by example in embracing — and even commercializing — solitude. (Nikkei)


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