Japanese company designs hugging chair to cure loneliness
With its aging population, Japan is ranked number one in the world in terms of having the highest percentage of elderly citizens, with over 25% being 65 years old or above. With that in mind, a Japanese company designed the "Tranquility Chair," a chair built in the form of a large human-like fabric doll with extra long arms, always ready to give whoever's sitting on it a warm embrace.
Expected to hit 40% of the entire population in the coming decades, the older-than-65 group in Japan is growing rapidly. Living a long life is what we all hope to do, but when you're lucky enough to reach your 70s and 80s, the odds get higher of being left alone by the passing of a significant other. To provide companionship to those who've lost their partners and who may be feeling lonely, UniCare, a company in Japan specializing in providing products and services to the elderly, designed a special chair, one with a friendly smile and open arms that can wrap around you to hold you close. This chair is intended for the elderly, but it's really for anyone who's lonely, according to the folks over at UniCare.
There's also a wheelchair version, so comfort will always be with you, no matter where you go. The chairs go for a price of 46,000 yen, a little under 400 dollars. A little on the pricey side for a chair, but even if how much you spent on it bums you out, you know you can always count on a warm embrace.
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