In addition to the wonderful things Japan has to offer, this mysterious country with numerous cities, endless history, traditions and special beauty, there are clearly the gray personal stories. Imagine there are enough Japanese people, according to estimates, they are about 500,000 young people in particular, who avoid going out into the real world.
These isolated personalities have their own “label”, they are known as hikikomori. Hikikomori is defined as the one who has been withdrawn from society for at least six months, does not separate his personal space where he feels safe. This worrying phenomenon, which occurs between the ages of 15 and 39 and concerns 1.6% of the country’s citizens, is the result of a series of sociological factors.
Some experts, in part, blame the otaku culture – addicted to manga, anime, video games and other vivid and imaginary virtual worlds. Perhaps the causes are not so superficial: in a poll in 2014, it was revealed that most young people are unhappy with their lives (only 7,5% of young people say they feel good about themselves).
Another study has confirmed that overprotective parents create over-dependent children who later have a problem working alone as adults and revolting against the enormous expectations their parents have placed.
So when the pressure touches red, they are withdrawing from everything that’s real and isolated in their own world – they often leave school, and few of the hikikomori work (of course, from their home ). In Japan, as elsewhere, people suffering from a mental disorder are treated with racist mood, so for many young people their reintegration into society is not so good. With this in mind, several hikikomori suffer from clinical depression and stay in place instead of looking for professional help.
Japan, with 127 million people, is one of the most densely populated countries in the world, but its population is declining due to low birth rates in recent years, which has alarmed the authorities.