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HIKIKOMORI

JAPAN / Society
Jul 17, 2019
Japan struggling with social worker shortage to help recluses
Japan is struggling to cope with hundreds of thousands of middle-aged social recluses across the country, with municipalities reporting they are critically short of social workers and other personnel needed to help them return to society.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jun 21, 2019
Former vice minister of Japan farm ministry charged with murder of son, 44
Former farm ministry official Hideaki Kumazawa was indicted Friday in connection with the murder of his 44-year-old son earlier this month at their home in Tokyo.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Media / MEDIA MIX
Jun 15, 2019
Combating an unfounded fear of Japan's recluses
Although the term "hikikomori," which describes people who shun social contact and seek extreme degrees of isolation, has been in common use for several decades, it has taken on a more sinister cast recently as the media has come to view it as a social problem. In the wake of two incidents that have...
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Jun 10, 2019
Support groups deluged by inquiries after Kawasaki and Tokyo murders involving social recluses
Following recent stabbing incidents involving middle-aged hikikomori, or social recluses, and their parents, the number of inquiries received by support groups and similar organizations that support such individuals has surged.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jun 4, 2019
Mourners continue to offer prayers and flowers one week after Kawasaki mass stabbing
A week after a mass stabbing in Kawasaki, mourners continued to offer prayers and flowers on Tuesday at the scene where a schoolgirl and 39-year-old father were killed.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jun 3, 2019
Former top farm official says Kawasaki knife attack prompted him to kill his son
Hideaki Kumazawa reportedly tells police he believed his son could “harm others” after he found out about last week's stabbing rampage.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jun 3, 2019
Kawasaki knife attack suspect may have checked site four days before
Images of the man were captured May 24 by security cameras around the crime scene, as well as at nearby train stations.
Japan Times
LIFE / Lifestyle
Jun 1, 2019
The prison inside: Japan's hikikomori lack relationships, not physical spaces
Fifty-three-year-old Kenji Yamase doesn't fit the traditional image of a hikikomori, but then perceptions of Japan's social recluses are changing.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
May 31, 2019
Suspect's motive for Kawasaki knife attack still unclear even after police search alleged killer's house
The motive of the assailant who carried out a knife attack on Tuesday in Kawasaki that left two dead and a dozen others injured remains unclear even after police searched his home, investigative sources said Friday.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society / FOCUS
May 31, 2019
After Kawasaki attack, support groups worry recluses might all be painted with the same brush
Ryuichi Iwasaki, the 51-year-old suspect in a stabbing spree in Kawasaki on Tuesday that left two dead and 17 injured, is believed to have lived like a recluse, resulting in very limited interactions with other people and the outside world.
EDITORIALS
Apr 5, 2019
Measures needed to address social recluse problem
The government should explore effective measures of support that suit the diverse circumstances and backgrounds of the hikikomori's problems.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Mar 29, 2019
613,000 in Japan aged 40 to 64 are recluses, says first government survey of hikikomori
The number of recluses in that age group who have not interacted with people outside their family is higher than in the 15-39 age bracket, the government survey found.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Aug 17, 2018
Municipalities try new ways to help Japan's recluses find their place in society
Municipalities across Japan are reaching out to the social recluses known as hikikomori to help them find their place in society without focusing solely on getting them back into the workforce.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Jul 20, 2018
Japanese have mixed perceptions on hikikomori social recluses
On a Saturday in mid-April, a woman in her 50s sat on a bench munching a rice ball in front of Shinjuku Station in Tokyo.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Media / BIG IN JAPAN
Dec 9, 2017
Shut in by the past yet still unable to face the future
Mom, dad, two kids, nice house, nice suburb, good income — you just know this story is about to go smash.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Nov 18, 2017
Labor ministry to extend job program to social recluses and NEETs in early 40s
The government has decided to expand the scope of its job support program for socially withdrawn people, which is limited to those 39 or younger, to include people in their early 40s, labor ministry officials said Saturday.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Jun 1, 2017
OECD urges Japan to boost social services for young people, curb ranks of NEETs
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development has urged Japan to improve social services for young people, in particular women, to enable and motivate more active participation in the labor market.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
May 1, 2017
'Hikikomori' rescue business sued for alleged fraud by mom and daughter
A business that claims to help socially withdrawn people is being sued by a mother and daughter for allegedly taking the daughter from home by force and holding her against her will under the threat of violence.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Jan 25, 2017
Japan's middle-aged recluses in dire need of help, survey finds
Middle-aged people who live as recluses are in dire need of better public counseling services, a new survey has found, highlighting the need for measures to address the previously underreported demographic.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Oct 19, 2016
Support groups emerge to help female recluses in Japan
While hikikomori (social withdrawal) is usually seen as mostly affecting men, the current way of thinking fails to take into account the many women who are effectively — and involuntarily — cut off from society, campaigners and experts say.

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