I had mixed feelings about the article “Hikikomori: The prison inside” in the June 2 edition. Vosot Ikeida and I are of the same generation, and his experiences enticed me into reading this article all the way through.

To become a social recluse, there are some requirements. First, their families are rich enough to offer their children a room where they can stay all the time. In addition, their parents can afford to take care of their children financially, even after they become an adult.

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