HermeticAlly said:What I found to be a crucial element of it all (after living there several years and studying the culture/language for years prior to that) was that Japanese numb themselves beyond the ability to feel anything. Between absurd work hours/culture, the dating games, overindulgence in anime/manga/regular video games, near-universal overindulgence in alcohol (especial among men) and mindless television, Japanese are comfortable, complacent, and barely alive. From middle school onward, Japanese seem to be conditioned into zombies. There will be no spiritual (or sexual) revival for Japan until this status quo is shaken up.
Which the population shrinkage will lead to. As an inverted population pyramid will prove to be very problematic.