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Jōhatsu: how to disappear in Japan


Unswerving cyclist
14 Mar 2002
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Here's an interesting video presented by the BBC about jōhatsu (蒸発), "evaporated people".

The people choosing to 'disappear' in Japan
In Japan, the Johatsu, literally "evaporated people", choose to abandon their current lives - due to family strain, work pressure or any other reason. So-called 'night moving' companies help them disappear without a trace and start a new life somewhere else. Loved ones can be left searching for answers. This is part of the Rulebreakers series from BBC World Service in collaboration with Sundance Institute.

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