For men, especially, life in Japan 20 years from now will be pretty grim for many.
One in four men in their 50s and 60s will live alone, and one in three men will have never married by 50, according to Katsuhiko Fujimori, a senior researcher at the Mizuho Information & Research Institute.
Japan is rapidly becoming a nation in which the number of single-member households exceeds that of typical family households. That is defined as one with two parents and children.
The results of the national census conducted in October will not be announced until later this year, but researchers are already focusing on expected increases in the ratio of single-member households as well as the ratio of those who never married.
Experts say the census will likely show that the number of single-member households exceeds that of family households for the first time.
asahi.com（朝日新聞社）：A lonely problem awaits Japan in 2030 - English