Tag - hikikomori



Sep 19, 2016
Let's discuss young recluses in Japan
An estimated 541,000 people aged between 15 and 39 in Japan avoid social contact and shut themselves in their homes, according to a government survey.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
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.
Japan Times
Sep 7, 2016
Japan home to 541,000 young recluses, survey finds
An estimated 541,000 people between the ages of 15 and 39 avoid social contact and shut themselves in their homes.
Japan Times
Apr 9, 2016
TV takes the lazy approach on 'hikikomori'
On March 21, TV Asahi's long-running variety show "TV Tackle" ran a special feature on hikikomori — people who have withdrawn from society. Hikikomori first came to the attention of the general public in 1999 when a Niigata man was arrested for keeping a teenage girl prisoner for nine years in his...
Japan Times
Feb 13, 2016
One slip can sink a salaryman's career
'I've always been shy," says Kazuo. "Face-to-face communication never came easily to me." At 48, he's been out of work five years. He lives with his mother, who's close to 80 — mostly off her pension. A typical day — typical not only of him, says the weekly Spa!, but of an increasing number...
Japan Times
Sep 13, 2014
A world of fear for Japan's shut-ins
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 say, 'I know somebody...
Japan Times
Jan 23, 2014
Shut-in's Net persona turns promotional hard sell
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.
Dec 12, 2013
Shut-ins use a 'university' to get out
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.


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