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  • Living with people who share your interests helps alleviate anxiety
  • Living with people who share your interests helps alleviate anxiety
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CASE STUDY

Alone together: Japan's new communal living

Driven by an increasing sense of loneliness, Japan's young singles are moving into shared housing. Yet with so many struggling with social anxiety, how are these micro-communities forming?

Location Japan

Scope
For globe-trotters eager to experience the cities of Japan, the 'gaijin house' – or 'foreigner house' – is the traditionally recommended accommodation. Inexpensive and convenient, people from all over the world gather in these houses to cohabit for a month or longer, rarely accompanied by Japanese natives except those brushing up on their English.

Now, driven by an increasing sense of loneliness – especially in the city – the concept of a shared house is being adopted by Japan's twenty-something singletons. The number of share houses carried by website Hituji Real Estate has more than doubled to around ...

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