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Japan:'Hikikomori' bedroom hermits should be regarded as national crisis
Mainichi Daily News ^ | 07/27/10

Posted on 07/27/2010 7:21:03 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster

'Hikikomori' bedroom hermits should be regarded as national crisis

There are approximately 230,000 people who almost constantly shut themselves in their rooms except to go to nearby convenience stores, according to a survey conducted by the Cabinet Office. The number increases to about 700,000 if those who only go out to do something hobby-related are included.

Moreover, there are an estimated 1.55 million potential so-called 'hikikomori' who have felt like shutting themselves in their own rooms. Most of them are young people.

As the population of young people declines due to falling birthrates, the statistics have raised questions about the future of Japan.

Hikikomori are defined as those who shut themselves in their homes for at least six months but are not involved in child care or housework even though they are not sick.

Problems involving shut-ins have been pointed out over the past 15 years, but only experts and nonprofit organizations have worked on the issue, with little public support. The government has been late in responding to the situation and taken only stopgap measures. Numerous cases have ended in tragic incidents, and the situation was worsened as a result of treatment and education that lacked solid scientific foundations.

(Excerpt) Read more at mdn.mainichi.jp ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: hikikomori; isolation; japan
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1 posted on 07/27/2010 7:21:05 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster
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To: TigerLikesRooster; sushiman; Ronin; AmericanInTokyo; gaijin; struggle; DTogo; GATOR NAVY; Iris7; ...

P!


2 posted on 07/27/2010 7:21:27 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster (The way to crush the bourgeois is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

I’m turning Japanese, I think I’m turning Japanese I really think so...


3 posted on 07/27/2010 7:23:43 AM PDT by central_va (I won't be reconstructed, and I do not give a damn.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Time to push your little birdies out of the nest, Mama birds.


4 posted on 07/27/2010 7:24:54 AM PDT by BenLurkin (Will must be the harder, courage the bolder, spirit must be the more, as our might lessens.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

You need to instill a love of bacon and eggs in them. Then they will duly arise and have breakfast.


5 posted on 07/27/2010 7:25:29 AM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Agoraphobia


6 posted on 07/27/2010 7:25:33 AM PDT by sourcery (Let's not use the word 'terrorist.' Instead, let's use 'Islamic Supremacist')
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Sounds like a lot of we hobbiests, who are retired. Yard work, the range, and back home.Life on hold?


7 posted on 07/27/2010 7:26:08 AM PDT by Candor7 (Obama .......yes.......is fascist... ..He meets every diignostic of history.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Population density is a serious issue. I seem to recall studies conducted on animals, and when the population density got to a critical level, all manner of odd and destructive behavior emerged.


8 posted on 07/27/2010 7:26:56 AM PDT by brownsfan (The average American: Uninformed, and unconcerned.)
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To: sourcery

Maybe they’re afraid of Global Warming..........algoreaphobia.....


9 posted on 07/27/2010 7:29:42 AM PDT by Red Badger (No, Obama's not the Antichrist. But he does have him in his MY FAVES.............)
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To: TigerLikesRooster
As the population of young people declines due to falling birthrates, the statistics have raised questions about the future of Japan.

LOL. It's pretty hard to procreate if you spend all your time alone in your room.

10 posted on 07/27/2010 7:29:51 AM PDT by drangundsturm
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To: brownsfan

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_World_Inside

11 posted on 07/27/2010 7:31:08 AM PDT by Red Badger (No, Obama's not the Antichrist. But he does have him in his MY FAVES.............)
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To: brownsfan

After visiting Tokyo, I would chalk this up to nothing more than a fear of crowded trains.


12 posted on 07/27/2010 7:31:41 AM PDT by toast
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To: TigerLikesRooster
Oh,oh...hope they don't think a solution is to mobilize these guys for a march into Manchuria again.
13 posted on 07/27/2010 7:33:58 AM PDT by mick (Central Banker Capitalism is NOT Free Enterprise)
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To: central_va

Is a subscription to at least one MMORPG and stacks of styrofoam carryout sushi containers in your future?


14 posted on 07/27/2010 7:35:33 AM PDT by Psalm 144 (The bureaucrat is the natural enemy of liberty.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Take away their computers....they’ll come out.


15 posted on 07/27/2010 7:39:37 AM PDT by ladyvet (WOLVERINES!!!!!)
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To: ladyvet

Take away their computers....they’ll come out.

************

Indeed. Hmmm. Time to log, I think.


16 posted on 07/27/2010 7:42:29 AM PDT by Psalm 144 (The bureaucrat is the natural enemy of liberty.)
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To: brownsfan
I seem to recall studies conducted on animals, and when the population density got to a critical level, all manner of odd and destructive behavior emerged.

Homosexuality being one of them.

17 posted on 07/27/2010 7:42:47 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The only stable state is the one in which all men are equal before the law." -- Aristotle)
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To: Red Badger

“algoreaphobia”

That’s a good one. I gotta remember that one.


18 posted on 07/27/2010 7:42:58 AM PDT by Old Grumpy
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To: ladyvet

Then who will write for DU and the Daily Kos?


19 posted on 07/27/2010 7:44:21 AM PDT by j.argese (Liberal thought process = oxymoron)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

This is nothing new - Otaku or Otaku-zoku have been written about for years. Technology shut-ins, or ghosts.


20 posted on 07/27/2010 7:44:23 AM PDT by sbMKE
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To: TigerLikesRooster
The New York Times had an interesting article (see Shutting Themselves In) about this a couple of years ago.
21 posted on 07/27/2010 7:45:12 AM PDT by Todd_Gray
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To: Old Grumpy

Then there’s fear of hairy sweaters...........angoraphobia.....


22 posted on 07/27/2010 7:47:06 AM PDT by Red Badger (No, Obama's not the Antichrist. But he does have him in his MY FAVES.............)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

No wonder, if you see what happens to people on busses in Japan


23 posted on 07/27/2010 7:48:36 AM PDT by Mr. K (Physically unable to proofreed (<---oops! see?))
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To: TigerLikesRooster

I guess being Japanese sucks? Who knew people would tire of video games?


24 posted on 07/27/2010 7:53:38 AM PDT by equalitybeforethelaw
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To: Red Badger

Stop, yer killin me!


25 posted on 07/27/2010 7:54:15 AM PDT by Old Grumpy
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To: Old Grumpy

Then there’s fear of African Communists.........Angolaphobia..........


26 posted on 07/27/2010 7:57:06 AM PDT by Red Badger (No, Obama's not the Antichrist. But he does have him in his MY FAVES.............)
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To: Red Badger

*GROAN*


27 posted on 07/27/2010 7:59:51 AM PDT by null and void (We are now in day 549 of our national holiday from reality. - 0bama really isn't one of US.)
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To: Old Grumpy
then there's the fear of laboratory assistants... Igoraphobia...


28 posted on 07/27/2010 8:00:35 AM PDT by Teacher317 (I'm sore)
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To: Red Badger

Stop before we hurt you.


29 posted on 07/27/2010 8:01:37 AM PDT by null and void (We are now in day 549 of our national holiday from reality. - 0bama really isn't one of US.)
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To: Teacher317

angkoraphobia is the fear of cambodia... did you know?


30 posted on 07/27/2010 8:03:08 AM PDT by Mr. K (Physically unable to proofreed (<---oops! see?))
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To: Teacher317

Keep that up and we’ll give you fear of (being) squash(ed) - a-gourd-o-phobia, punkin...


31 posted on 07/27/2010 8:06:48 AM PDT by null and void (We are now in day 549 of our national holiday from reality. - 0bama really isn't one of US.)
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To: null and void; Old Grumpy

Then there’s fear of Turkish Baths........Ankaraphobia....


32 posted on 07/27/2010 8:18:05 AM PDT by Red Badger (No, Obama's not the Antichrist. But he does have him in his MY FAVES.............)
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To: Red Badger

Don’t forget the fear of visiting new places..ain’tgoingphobia.


33 posted on 07/27/2010 8:30:00 AM PDT by pappyone (New to Freep, still working a tag line.)
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To: sbMKE; maikeru; Dr. Marten; Eric in the Ozarks; Al Gator; snowsislander; sushiman; ...
This is nothing new - Otaku or Otaku-zoku have been written about for years. Technology shut-ins, or ghosts.

Yes, the Otaku (uber geeks) of the past who used to just collect comics, conduct a hobby to the extreme, or have other geeky behaviour are often inadvertantly enabled by family members (and the Internet) to completely shut themselves away.

Very weird on so many levels.

日本*ピング* (kono risuto ni hairitai ka detai wo shirasete kudasai : let me know if you want on or off this list)

34 posted on 07/27/2010 8:31:04 AM PDT by DTogo (High time to bring back the Sons of Liberty !!)
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To: null and void

There’s fear of small countries.........andorraphobia..........


35 posted on 07/27/2010 8:31:41 AM PDT by Red Badger (No, Obama's not the Antichrist. But he does have him in his MY FAVES.............)
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To: pappyone

There is the fear of Ms. Jolie...Angelinaphobia...


36 posted on 07/27/2010 8:31:54 AM PDT by PennsylvaniaMom ( (((((((((((((((((((PALIN/BACHMANN 2012))))))))))))))))))))
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To: Red Badger

The Fear of Bass Nation...Anglerphobia...


37 posted on 07/27/2010 8:32:32 AM PDT by PennsylvaniaMom ( (((((((((((((((((((PALIN/BACHMANN 2012))))))))))))))))))))
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To: Red Badger

Or fear of the Taj Mahal’s location...

Agraphobia


38 posted on 07/27/2010 8:33:04 AM PDT by null and void (We are now in day 549 of our national holiday from reality. - 0bama really isn't one of US.)
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To: null and void

I adore-a-phobia


39 posted on 07/27/2010 8:41:47 AM PDT by Teacher317 (I'm sore)
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To: null and void

Or of Ohio, Akronophodia


40 posted on 07/27/2010 8:41:59 AM PDT by null and void (We are now in day 549 of our national holiday from reality. - 0bama really isn't one of US.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Ghost in the Shell?


41 posted on 07/27/2010 8:49:21 AM PDT by zeugma (Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam)
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To: All

There was a similar story during the 80-90’s where the young had a sense of hopelessness about ever owning a home etc. They were buying cars and indulging in clothes and the like.

People have no chance of accomplishing.

Perhaps japan has perpetual unemployment checks?


42 posted on 07/27/2010 8:54:59 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: null and void

Or a major distrust of Hart’s Field, AtlantAeroPhobia.


43 posted on 07/27/2010 8:55:23 AM PDT by PennsylvaniaMom ( (((((((((((((((((((PALIN/BACHMANN 2012))))))))))))))))))))
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To: null and void

Fear of female pop singers.........aguileraphobia............


44 posted on 07/27/2010 8:57:39 AM PDT by Red Badger (No, Obama's not the Antichrist. But he does have him in his MY FAVES.............)
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To: Red Badger

Those who are haunted by ‘This Land is Your Land’ are said to suffer, Arlophobia...


45 posted on 07/27/2010 9:01:05 AM PDT by PennsylvaniaMom ( (((((((((((((((((((PALIN/BACHMANN 2012))))))))))))))))))))
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To: TigerLikesRooster

There are all manner of hell on this planet ...


46 posted on 07/27/2010 9:03:27 AM PDT by Scythian
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Don’t be so quick to laugh. This phenomenon is rapidly growing in the US as well, and for the same basic reasons.

1) Children are force fed totally bizarre expectations about sexuality, for various perverse reasons, involving both social manipulation and money, parents and their children have been propagandized that sexuality begins long before adolescence. Not gender, sexuality.

Even the current occupant of the White House, and his “Safe Schools PedoCzar” want to indoctrinate very young children with twisted sexual expectations far worse than what they experience right now.

For decades now, Hollywood, the advertising world, and leftists have been pushing the propaganda that by high school age, at the very latest, children should have multiple sexual relationships with other children and adults.

The reality is that most children, already deeply uncomfortable with the rapid growth and hormonal fluctuations of adolescence, despair because they assume they are uniquely unattractive, even sexually repulsive to their peers. They believe that their peers have active sex lives and fulfilling and warm relationships, which is extremely rare at that age. Facing this humiliation, all they can do is lie, which just furthers the propaganda.

The small subset of children having regular sex are often victims of molestation, usually by members of their own family or other trusted adults. By adulthood, and for the rest of their lives, they are unlikely to ever experience a warm and loving relationship.

2) Likewise, children now face an economic disaster that has been decades in development. While their parents could start out poor and build up their prosperity, even with children, a combination of factors means that this can no longer be done. For most people, they will indeed start poor, and perhaps deeply in debt, usually due to student loans, and then they will stay poor for the rest of their lives.

Entering the economy now, except for the top earners, means that there will not only not be eventual prosperity, but that intelligently, marriage and family need to be delayed for decades until enormous debt has been erased.

Does a responsible young adult want to take on unconquerable poverty? And do they wish to inflict that on a spouse, or children?

Though it is a heartbreaking decision, many young adults will choose to not take responsibilities that they cannot meet. If that means they must live with their parents, they will do so instead of harming others.

And those that do take on responsibilities that they cannot meet will have marriages that end in divorce, and children raised in poverty and dependence, while they slave endlessly in a thankless job, without even the prospect of retirement.

In exchange, those politicians and other fiends who have brought about this deplorable situation to feed their power and twisted philosophies, are the only ones who benefit from reducing a once strong working class to impoverished dependency.

Where in fact, they richly deserve to be scorned and impoverished themselves, and to have to perform hard labor until their dying day. The ruination they have tried to inflict on the rest of us.


47 posted on 07/27/2010 9:06:29 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: TigerLikesRooster

“...who have felt like shutting themselves in their own rooms.”

For me this is called ‘Monday’.


48 posted on 07/27/2010 9:37:14 AM PDT by El Sordo (The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen.)
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To: PennsylvaniaMom

That would be Woodyphobia..........


49 posted on 07/27/2010 10:59:59 AM PDT by Red Badger (No, Obama's not the Antichrist. But he does have him in his MY FAVES.............)
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To: BenLurkin

I’ll trade our gang banger and illegal alien problem for Japan’s hikikomori problem any day.


50 posted on 07/27/2010 11:12:28 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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