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Hikikomori, or connecting in the digital age

Hikikomori, or connecting in the digital age

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Natural-Born Killers? Crime is the one thing Japan was always happy to admit was best made in America. But a teen killing spree is starting to give the lie to the idea that Japan is preternaturally immune from violence. Last week a 15-year-old boy on southern Japan's Kyushu Island slipped into a neighbor's house after dark and attacked six slumbering family members with a knife one by one, killing three. "Oh, no, not again," said Mikiko Takahashi, 46, the mother of two boys. "Our society must be out of order." While U.S. crime rates have dropped dramatically over the past decade, Japan's are...

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The Comment Factory The Comment Factory is a community of writers, artists and thinkers who want to share their ideas and opinions with the world. We come from all over the globe and from every walk of life. What binds us is our belief in the free and open exchange of ideas as the vital prerequisite to a democratic world. The site is open to anyone from any political persuasion who can write competently in English. All work is fact-checked and edited before going up. Social or Mental Problem: Hikikomori In Japan, the hikikomori phenomenon is something that the country's government supposedly views with a mix of disdain and worry. The act of completely cutting oneself off from all social and human contact for an extended period is an understandable cause of alarm, particularly in a cultural and corporate environment like that of Japan. The phenomenon is still a subject of intense study, though subjects for observation can be difficult to come by simply due to the nature of the problem. A typical hikikomori can be nearly impossible to even contact, let alone be convinced to allow himself to be observed by mental health experts. Given this situation, it is not all that easy to get concrete, first-hand information on them. However, there is an ample supply of theories, covering both factors in the development of such behavior and the possible root causes of it.

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NEWS & LETTERS, Aug-Sep 2008, Hikikomori and a 'Second Japan' On June 9 a delivery truck rammed into a Sunday afternoon crowd in Tokyo, killing three. The 25-year-old driver then hopped out and stabbed 17 shoppers, killing another four. It is considered Japan's deadliest crime in seven years. After police made an arrest they quickly turned to the Ministry of Education for help in determining a motive. As they anticipated, the Ministry found the suspect had been a poor student. One of his high school teachers remarked, "He wasn't outstanding at all in his studies or extracurricular activities.

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