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In Japan, many people will retire without having left their parents' homes or marrying. Is that Europe's fate—and China's?

By Andy Davis   December 2012

Tokyo’s Akihabara electronics district (photo: TWPhoto/Corbis)

It was an uncomfortable moment when the train north from Tokyo pulled into Fukushima, a city now synonymous with catastrophic nuclear accident; after a brief stop, we headed further north to the region overwhelmed by the tsunami on 11th March, 2011, which left 16,000 confirmed dead, and nearly 3000 missing.

From where I stood in the town of Otsuchi, you couldn’t see the sea, and yet cars crushed by the 10 metre high wave lay in piles, next to a mangled fire engine. Across…

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