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More pets than children in Japan

A recent article in the Japan Times says that there are now about six million more pets in Japan than there are kids under 16 years of age. This is very different than my experience in Japan during the late 1980s. I’m guessing there were probably 10 million more children in Japan than pets back then. That’s quite a change is just over 20 years.

Jizo (the six statues) are associated with children so I’m trying to show you a bit of irony in the above photo. I took this picture at Gokokuji.

2 Responses to “More pets than children in Japan”

  1. 1

    That is very interesting. What about the Tamagotchi, is that thing still around?

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    Hi there,

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    I read your story on and thought it was quite moving but I was wondering if you had any shorter stories from your time there or segments within that that you think would make a great 7-minute story on the radio? We are doing a theme on religion and preaching and would love to hear any funny, sad or moving segments. I’d be happy to give you a call whenever for an interview.

    Thanks so much! I am happy that your life appears to be going really well now according to your entry! Please let me know,