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A father's 25-year battle with reclusive son

National / Social Issues Sep 10, 2016

A father's 25-year battle with reclusive son

Twenty-five years have passed since Akio Kusano's son, Koichi, dropped out of high school. During that time Koichi, now 42, has rarely left his house, despite clinging to a dream of one day becoming a rakugo comic storyteller. According to a recently released government survey, an ...

A world of fear for Japan's  shut-ins

Books / Reviews Sep 13, 2014

A world of fear for Japan's shut-ins

by Tim Hornyak

Several years ago, a vogue of interest in shut-ins, or hikikomori, saw researchers from France touring Japan and meeting reclusive youths. Such was the prevalence of the disorder, said psychologist Nicolas Tajan, that "if you ask people in Japan about hikikomori, almost everyone will ...