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ABC Evening News for Sunday, Mar 29, 1992
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(Studio: Forrest Sawyer) Report introduced.

(Tokyo: Bill Redeker) Practice in Japan in which elderly couples hire actors to portray a surrogate family for companionship featured; scenes shown. [Older MAN - (thru translator) expresses envy of other families.] [Lifestage Casting Company president Satsiki OIWA - (thru translator) explains why the elderly need rent-a-family services.] Family surrogates shown being trained in etiquette. [ACTOR - (thru translator) comments.] Phenomenon said indicating the breakdown of Japan's traditional family structure.

Redeker, Bill;
Sawyer, Forrest

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