Facts About Life in Japan That Could Baffle Any Foreigner

There is nothing worse for a Japanese person than losing social respect. A failed exam, a loss of a job, a divorce, and debt are just some of the failures that cause people to banish themselves and their families over their indignities. Some people commit suicide while others disappear for good.

Somewhere between 80,000 to 100,000 thousand people disappear in Japan annually. Usually, neither police nor families go looking for these lost people because they assume that they’ve committed suicide. Speaking of these “evaporating people” is considered taboo, so it’s something people don’t really talk about.


For those who decide to disappear, there are 2 ways to do so. The first is to move to the city of Sanya which isn’t located on any map. Technically, it doesn’t even exist. It’s a slum within Tokyo whose name has been erased by authorities. It’s very hard to live there because of bad conditions and hard labor. The second way is to stay at home, change your job and steer clear of friends and relatives forever.

2. Otaku is another way to escape.

Facts About Life in Japan That Could Baffle Any Foreigner


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