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Posted 7/4/13 , edited 7/4/13
The BBC News website recently published an article about the hikikomori phenomenon, NEETs, and to a lesser degree Otakus in Japan. It's an interesting read; at the very least to see the author's view on the subject.

Take a look here:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-23182523




As many as a million young people in Japan are thought to remain holed up in their homes - sometimes for decades at a time. Why?

For Hide, the problems started when he gave up school.

"I started to blame myself and my parents also blamed me for not going to school. The pressure started to build up," he says.

"Then, gradually, I became afraid to go out and fearful of meeting people. And then I couldn't get out of my house."

Gradually, Hide relinquished all communication with friends and eventually, his parents. To avoid seeing them he slept through the day and sat up all night, watching TV.

"I had all kinds of negative emotions inside me," he says. "The desire to go outside, anger towards society and my parents, sadness about having this condition, fear about what would happen in the future, and jealousy towards the people who were leading normal lives."

Hide had become "withdrawn" or hikikomori.


What are your thoughts on the article?
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Posted 7/5/13
I can understand where the article is coming from.

Asian schooling system is really brutal. In each grade, you need to pass an exam at the end of that grade to move up a grade.
And the parental expectation along with society expectation really really affect a student's mentality during their school years.


I can relate to the article. I remember when I did my high school finals, I got 78/100 for Chemistry/English/Mathematics, when I showed this to my parents, they were like, "Ok". They said that this was a low grade... and I was shocked... I've been made to believe that for a while.
Until I've talked with someone from a different race, they asked me how I did in my high school finals, and I told them I did very bad... and when they looked at my grade... they thought that my grades were amazing.

Anyway, my point is, how your parents view you and how people in society around you view you really really affect on your mentality as a student. And I believe this pressure is really high in Asian countries like Japan, South Korea, China etc.
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Hikikomori is really a worldwide thing, in most regards, and I imagine the symptoms are just the same as people with agoraphobia, severe depression and social anxiety.

The thing that annoys me about it though is that a lot of these shut-ins and socially anxious people bring it on themselves mainly through a series of lifestyle choices. I've had periods in my life of not leaving the house for weeks, but obviously never months or years, but I can fully imagine how the longer periods of time you spend away from society the scarier it is to integrate again.

I think it's time for a culture overhaul, especially for anime, I mean every new season is just full of harem, ecchi and 'slice of life' stuff aimed at young girls but 40 year old men just watch it too, and I'm being genuinely serious here, because a lot of people have no interest in socialising, or going outside when they can just play online MMO's, dating sims, watch harem anime, marry their 3DS girlfriend, and other pathetic shit. It's a cycle that is hard to point the origin to, but I'm sure there is good therapy for it.
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If I didn't have a need to make money to live on and buy the things I want I'd probably be just like them. Most "normal" people I interact with daily are either religious fanatics, rednecks, pill/meth/alcohol addicts or some combination of such that I'd really rather just avoid. I suppose that's the difference between them and me, they blame themselves for not being "good enough" and I blame society in general for being Idiots. Frankly, if I could i too would rather hide from a world where the Cardashians are famous
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Posted 7/5/13
i ddont like this article
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Posted 7/5/13
yeah i dont like it either a sad article indeed
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Posted 7/5/13
Fucking hilarious article, I lol'd all the way through.

By the way i'm a loser.
Posted 7/5/13 , edited 7/5/13
Interesting article.

I do feel sorry for the ones in this situation who don't want to be like that, but can't make themselves change. The need help.

I don't feel sorry for the ones in this situation who want to be like that, and don't want to change. That's their choice, and they want to live like that.

On the whole though, I do think Japan has serious social problems due to their nature of conformity and brutal path to success - there's a reason there is such a high suicide rate, and that there are so many people like this there.
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I browse this Kardashian show, and I thought, "they are boring. They have a lot of money but don't know how to use it."
They just buy clothes, eat, and complain. But, mostly, I only see them eat.


This link peaks my interest What NOT to Do in Japan
Posted 7/5/13
Why? The reason is because they don't want to participate in their slavery anymore.
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Posted 7/5/13
Eh, the BBC is renown for completely missing the point in pretty much every aspect of modern society. Video gaming etc etc are notoriously badly reported and commented on by them...
Posted 7/5/13
lol imagine one day he goes bat shit crazy like the kid in the mv Kodou - Dir en grey

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4HD1eVh1RJU
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im surprised they didnt jump at the opportunity to bash anime with this article. Regardless its a sad world people have such expectations for you so you are forced to give in to their demands. A perfect example is my parents they want me to know how to play a instrument so they forced me to play the guitar, while i couldnt give a damn about the guitar nor playing a instrument at all I took the lessons so they would get off my back.
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Posted 7/5/13
The two authors just wrote an article about my current life right now.
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Posted 7/5/13
This phenomenon is not unique to Japan.

Almost all of the point mentioned in the article can be attributed to Social Anxiety disorder, or any number of other anxiety/depression related issues. These are people who have given up on life, people who have intentionally walled themselves off from the outside world due to fear. Fear of failure, fear of rejection, fear of others, the list goes on.

While I do believe the pressure to preform and the strict social expectations forced onto young people in Japanese culture are contributing factors, many people in other countries suffer from this. We give them different names, like "Basement Dwellers" or some other thing. It may continue emerging as a problem as times rolls on and new versions of entertainment media make it easier for people to shut themselves away.
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