Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Hey all! Hope everything's fine with life, studies and support raising.

This is just FYI, about a syndrome in Japan called hikikomori, for those who've not heard of it before. I chose to post this cos it's a problem really unique to Japan. In most places of the world, the problems are more in the area of high crime rates, corruption and so on. But in Japan, you get really weird problems like these on one hand and really low crime rates on the other.

What I've copied and pasted is just the intro. For the rest, go to


Hikikomori (ひきこもり or 引き篭り lit. "pulling away, being confined," i.e., "acute social withdrawal") is a Japanese term to refer to the phenomenon of reclusive adolescents and young adults who have chosen to withdraw from social life, often seeking extreme degrees of isolation and confinement due to various personal and social factors in their lives.

While there are mild and extreme degrees, the Japanese Ministry of Health defines a hikikomori as an individual who refuses to leave their parents' house, and isolates themselves away from society and family in a single room for a period exceeding six months, though many such youths remain in isolation for a span of years, or in rare cases, decades. Many cases of hikikomori may start out as school refusals, or tōkōkyohi (登校拒否) in Japanese. According to estimates by psychologist Saito Tamaki, who first coined the phrase, there may be 1 million hikikomori in Japan, 20 percent of all male adolescents in Japan, or 1 percent of the total Japanese population. Surveys done by the Japanese Ministry of Health as well as research done by health care experts suggest a more conservative estimate of 50,000 hikikomori in Japan today. As reclusive youth by their very nature are difficult to poll, the true number of hikikomori most likely falls somewhere between the two extremes.

Though acute social withdrawal in Japan appears to affect both genders equally, due to differing societal expectations for maturing boys and girls, the most widely reported cases of hikikomori are from Japanese families with male children who seek outside intervention when their son, usually the eldest, refuses to leave the family home.


At 6:55 PM, Blogger Dong said...

hey Jo,
correct me if I am wrong lah. I think this Jap's term you are refering to sounds similar with people suffering from authism. As in Antisocial disorder. except authism is chronic. Authism is ppl in a world of their own and don't bother to talk to pple. I feel it's far worse than this acute withdrawal syndrome.


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