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A father's 25-year battle with reclusive son

/ 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

/ 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 ...

Shut-in's Net persona turns promotional hard sell

Jan 23, 2014

Shut-in's Net persona turns promotional hard sell

by Tomohiro Osaki

Job hunting can be challenging for university students. After attending a couple of employment seminars last year, Toyo University student Ryo Kikuchi knew he didn't stand a chance of outdoing his competitors if he went the usual route. "Let's face it, I was 25 years ...

Dec 12, 2013

Shut-ins use a 'university' to get out

by Tomoko Arima

They call their gatherings "hikikomori university" — sessions that allow people who as a rule have little contact with others to share their difficulties with social interaction and learn ways to cope. At the "university," lecturers are their peers and the students are other "hikikomori" ...