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Hello Jodi, I grew up in Japan and currently live in Tokyo. Having an experience of living in Belgium for several years, I can somehow compare Europe and Japan. It might be true people here are less consuming, though here I don't know anyone who doesn't have a TV set, except for myself. I think young people in Japan are simply becoming normal. I'm optimistic about those young people, because (I think) they are learning how to share things and how to prioritize what they care. They are not doing so as a political choice, of course. But, this cultural change is rather good, if it's really changing. The problem is that the social security is less generous in Japan than in Europe. And also, many landlords in Tokyo are not so happy with sharing, or apartments are simply not built for sharing. The article appearing in the NYT made me laugh.
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