TOKYO, Jan 20 (News On Japan) - A temporary counseling center has been established near the area commonly referred to as 'Toyoko' in Kabukicho, Tokyo, but the key challenge is whether the youth will seek out this facility for advice.
The vicinity of 'To-Yoko' is known to attract young people, often referred to as 'To-Yoko Kids', grappling with family or school issues. Unfortunately, many of these youths have been involved in crime.
In response, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government has set up a temporary counseling booth on the third floor of a nearby building. The site is designed to be youth-friendly, complete with Wi-Fi and a free space furnished with snacks.
However, a major concern raised by the metropolitan government's advisory council is the profound aversion many of these youths have towards officialdom. The real test is whether these young people will actually make use of the counseling services offered.
A city official expressed, "We want to reach out to the youth on the streets to make them aware of this service. We're prepared to listen and help, regardless of the nature of their troubles."