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Shops and public transportation services will withdraw from communities under further depopulation, and residents will no longer be able to maintain their lives.

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Keisuke Nakashima, an associate professor at the Kobe City University of Foreign Studies who is well versed in depopulation issues. He says that to address depopulation, local governments must get businesses and residents involved and work from a long-term perspective covering several decades.

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I wouldn't be too worried about transportation, it is one of the faster industries moving towards automation. We may very well have self driving buses/ taxis in a few decades. Problem will be if we can afford to scrap our current infrastructure to allow for automation in these areas.

residents will no longer be able to maintain their lives.

This will depend on what type of jobs they are doing and if the pay is sufficient enough for them to maintain their lives.

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Shops and public transportation services will withdraw from communities under further depopulation, and residents will no longer be able to maintain their lives.

That's what happens when a country is anti immigration

You made your bed now sleep in it

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Perhaps Nakashima doesn't get out often, but it is already happening all over Japan. If they are lucky, the maximum level of service in many places is a long-existing hairdresser for the remaining old ladies (and men). The stores are all long-ago closed, even the old rice, tobacco and sake store. A post office in the next village or a convenience store 10 kms away would be the height of service available for many.

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I wouldn't be too worried about transportation, it is one of the faster industries moving towards automation. We may very well have self driving buses/ taxis in a few decades. 

Automation isn’t a solution to transport in depopulated areas. Even a driverless vehicle incurs significant costs to run and maintain, and if an area doesn’t have enough riders or is too remote then its not going to get serviced.

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@rainday

I understand, hence why I stated this as well: "Problem will be if we can afford to scrap our current infrastructure to allow for automation in these areas."

But you make a good point on the vehicles needing to get serviced for repairs, this will be extremely costly and probably not a viable option.

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They are having a hard enough time in the city of 125,000 that I live in. Not an obstetrician around. My daughter found out she is pregnant. She has been going to her gynecologist for the first trimester, but from now on she'll have to go to a prefectural hospital in a city that is 30 minutes away on the expressway. Never mind that our city also has a prefectural hospital. They don't offer obstetric services. So much for being a "general" hospital. If they can't help people have babies, they aren't going to be able to do anything about depopulation.

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buy new us weapons spend taxes for LDP friendly businesses and vote for LDP all of your life,than dont complain.

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Help them relocate, if they don't want to, well, it's their problem then.

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If Japan were smart and not anti-immigration, they could adopt what some other countries facing similar issues do - offer financial incentives, housing allowances, and digital nomad visas to prospective residents.

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There is no population problem and no need for immigration. Everything will balance out in 50 or more years and Japan will not get the “diversity” failure that France just had.

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FizzBitToday 02:48 am JST

There is no population problem and no need for immigration. Everything will balance out in 50 or more years and Japan will not get the “diversity” failure that France just had.

So just going to ignore the mass suffering of the elderly, huh? I'm not even sure what a generation that has to do nothing but elder care will turn out like, either.

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