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Lunchmate Syndrome

  • These days in Japan, “lunchmate syndrome” has become a problem.


    Lunchmate syndrome is a symptom that causes a kind of anxiety or fear when there is no people to eat together at your school or workplace.

    It’s thought that people with this symptom think something like the following:

    “A person who eats alone has no friends. The reason is because he/she is unattractive and valueless.”

    These people really don’t want others to see the scene of having a meal alone — some of them eat the meal in a restroom (this act is called “benjo-meshi” (便所飯 – a meal in a restroom)), and some give up on the meal.

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