For decades, young people have been fleeing this rural village, lured by the pull of Japan’s big cities like Tokyo and Osaka. Tochikubo’s school now has eight children, and more than half of the town’s 170 people are over the age of 50. “Who will come here now?” said Fueki, who grew up in this village and remembers a time when many of the houses weren’t abandoned, when more people farmed the land and children roamed the streets.
The article suggests that small towns across Japan are suffering the problem of ageing population. Most of the old people in these small towns, they don’t expect their children to come and see them. So no one is taking care of the parents, leaving a huge problem that how to take care of these elder people.