“Mogera Wogera” (2002)
Kawakami Hiromi (writer).
Read in 2020.
Read in Speculative Japan.
A hairy statistician describes his hobby, which is to care for humans at end of their tether. He doesn’t quite understand the species.
The author builds a good mood in this gentle modern fairy tale.
References here: Rilakkuma to Kaorusan (2019).