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INTEREST: Setting of Ghibli's Whisper of the Heart is More Tragedy Than Fantasy




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Panino Manino



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 13, 2019 10:12 am Reply with quote
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20 more residents in Toei Atago would meet the same lonely fate the following year.


Twenty died just last year?!
Wow, just imagine living there...
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gpanthony



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 13, 2019 11:16 am Reply with quote
This is a very troubling read as someone who works primarily with seniors, if there were any charities to give to to help, it would certainly be nice to know about them.
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Kiskaloo



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 13, 2019 3:02 pm Reply with quote
In addition to the real-life tragedy, in production work for the anime, it is noted that the complex and it's surrounding area was originally the forest home of the tanuki in the film Pom-Poko.
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ChrissyC



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 13, 2019 3:03 pm Reply with quote
At least the local government and community are stepping in to help.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 15, 2019 1:58 pm Reply with quote
It's the issue with post-war social housing. Nobody wants to live there anymore and wasn't built to reasonable quality, so everything begins to fall apart. In the New Town area of Tama specifically referred to in this article, many are being replaced with new ones addressing the anti-social aspects of the old ones to bring young families back into the area. Of course, it's not so much of an issue in the Tokyo metro area compared to back-country areas where the population has been declining for decades.
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