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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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To: central_va

lol
As long as we don’t have to have an endless parade of songs on the topic like in the 80s, you can do whatever you want in there.


51 posted on 07/27/2010 11:27:43 AM PDT by Gondring (Paul Revere would have been flamed as a naysayer troll and told to go back to Boston.)
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To: Red Badger

and I’m a lepidopterist


52 posted on 07/27/2010 12:00:28 PM PDT by dennisw (Sarah Mclachlan in 2012)
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To: dennisw

Butterflies are free...................


53 posted on 07/27/2010 12:10:33 PM 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
I scanned the replies and for some inexplicable reason, didn't see this: Brian, Carl, Dennis, Mike, Al .
54 posted on 07/27/2010 12:12:15 PM PDT by Erasmus (Personal goal: Have a bigger carbon footprint than Tony Robbins.)
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To: Red Badger

And the fear of Petri dishes: Agaraphobia.


55 posted on 07/27/2010 12:15:08 PM PDT by Erasmus (Personal goal: Have a bigger carbon footprint than Tony Robbins.)
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To: Erasmus

Fear of fear.........Angstophobia............


56 posted on 07/27/2010 12:21:42 PM 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

Butterflies are free................... So are rainbows and unicorns


57 posted on 07/27/2010 12:23:27 PM PDT by dennisw (Sarah Mclachlan in 2012)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

I think you read too much into it. Not everybody likes people, and in this modern world anybody that doesn’t like people can generally avoid them pretty well. With home officing, and ordering stuff off the internet a person can be a pretty hardcore shut in and still live fairly comfortably. The only hard part is developing relationships, but even that can be done. Nobody has to be sexually dysfunctional because of the government or Hollywood to not like people.


58 posted on 07/27/2010 12:25:17 PM PDT by discostu (like a dog being shown a card trick)
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To: mick; TigerLikesRooster
Oh,oh...hope they don't think a solution is to mobilize these guys for a march into Manchuria again.

Mmm, maybe not Manchuria, but they're not real happy with North Korea at the moment. If that goes hot, i would not be surprised to see Japanese Troops coming over the mountains in the East of Korea and giving Kim Jong Il's boys Excedrine headache #.223

59 posted on 07/27/2010 12:51:42 PM PDT by Calvinist_Dark_Lord ((I have come here to kick @$$ and chew bubblegum...and I'm all outta bubblegum! ~Roddy Piper))
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To: discostu

My interpretation reads far too little of it, compared to what the Japanese think. It seems there is no consensus, but lots of opinion.

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

From my point of view, I was more concerned with the American version, because our society is ripe for the equivalent phenomenon.

Right now, America’s “real” unemployment rate is 22% or greater. So why aren’t the streets full of homeless and destitute people?


60 posted on 07/27/2010 1:42:12 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

There’s always lots of opinions, but mostly it’s because people try to make it something it isn’t. It’s actually pretty simple: many people don’t like people, and in this modern world you can lead a pretty good life that way. It used to be that people who didn’t like people had to find a way to fake it, now you don’t have to.

Our society HAS the equivalent phenomenon, we just don’t freak out about it the way the Japanese do. There’s plenty of people in America that just plain aren’t interested in socializing unnecessarily, they stay home. The big difference is that Japanese culture has a drive to “fix” the outliers, while American culture has a drive to accept (sometimes by ignoring, somethings by embracing, largely depending on how entertaining they are) the outliers. Japanese culture sees someone that goes straight home from work without socializing with anybody as a problem and studies them, we see them as odd and then go do something else.

Because the “real” unemployment rate is mostly a made up stat that’s basically just doubling the published unemployment rate.


61 posted on 07/27/2010 1:55:23 PM PDT by discostu (like a dog being shown a card trick)
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To: TigerLikesRooster
These guys are WEIRD.

Yep, I have seen a few of them (where else, but in Japanese convenience stores, usually near the manga magazine racks). Almost seemingly oblivious to the world around them. If you struck up a conversation with them, such as "nice day", they might be staring into space through their thick coke-bottle glasses whilst picking their nose, and not even recognize you are talking to them, such it is as many have actual true social relations with other human beings outside of their family members. Sick. Truly into cyber existence only, in fantasy dream worlds.

62 posted on 07/27/2010 10:14:54 PM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (Donating to FREE REPUBLIC will allow you to "freep" with a clear conscience...)
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To: AmericanInTokyo

correction: “many” = “few”


63 posted on 07/27/2010 10:20:28 PM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (Donating to FREE REPUBLIC will allow you to "freep" with a clear conscience...)
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To: AmericanInTokyo
S. Korean equivalents of hikikomori are constantly pestered by their parents to get a job, but would rather lock themselves into cyberspace, chasing one commie conspiracy theory to another.
In a few cases, these guys got into heated shouting match with their parents, and ended up killing them. They may be passive in appearance, but are angry inside.
64 posted on 07/28/2010 1:45:01 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

65 posted on 07/28/2010 2:08:20 AM PDT by Alas Babylon!
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To: Teacher317

And don’t forget fear of community organizers—ACORNaphobia.


66 posted on 07/28/2010 2:12:00 AM PDT by giotto
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To: Teacher317

“Igoraphobia...”

That’s a good one, too!


67 posted on 07/28/2010 10:26:21 AM PDT by Old Grumpy
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