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Survey: More than 70% of Kids in Urban, Rural Japan Not Playing Outside

Survey: More than 70% of Kids in Urban, Rural Japan Not Playing Outside
Over 70% of 2,986 elementary school students who responded to recent questionnaires in rural and urban Japan said they do not play outside on weekdays and over 10% do not even have friends to play with.

"Children won't play (outside) if they are left alone in this situation. We need social intervention to encourage kids to play outside," said Chiba University professor Isami Kinoshita, who is well acquainted with urban planning.
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