Why is the hikikomori phenomenon in Japan being treated like a national crisis? Are there legitimate health concerns involved or is it more related to culture?

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Why is the hikikomori phenomenon in Japan being treated like a national crisis? Are there legitimate health concerns involved or is it more related to culture?

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because it became a trend.and i do believe i read it somewhere regarding its health and mental issue.

Because of its increasing “popularity” . It really is a symptom of culture especially because mh isn’t treated as seriously in Japan and even Korea. Japan socially is a strong conform society and people that don’t conform are looked down upon. Hikikimoris are kinda a way to escape the social norms etc that the culture has

It’s obviously a mental health concern.

It is related to their culture, but in almost any culture if you had hundreds of thousands of young men suddenly becoming reclusive hermits then it’d likely be the precursor to some bigger problem coming.

Isolated young men like that are huge targets for cults, extremist groups, radicalization etc… it’s that sort of thing that ultimately ends up in other countries as serial killers, mass shooters, terrorists, racist, sexist and other hate groups etc…

It’s definitely a sign that somehow your society is failing these people

1. It says something about the culture. A culture that makes young people, ya’ know, a traditionally risk taking demographic, to basically cower in fear in their homes.
2. Mental health.
3. If all young people are not educated, not trained, not skilled, then who’s gonna be the next generation of productive demographic? How will a country operate if there’s literally NO COMPETENT MANPOWER?

Because they are, for the most part, not productive members of society.

And honestly this isn’t a Japanese exclusive problem, they just seem to have been the first to identify/name it and try to do something about it. It’s for sure happening in the US as well, I myself know plenty of young people (20-30) who have essentially not left their homes in years (pre-covid mind you).

And as another posted mentioned extreme isolation like that isn’t good for the mind and a lot of these people wind up falling down some pretty dark rabbit holes, only to pop out sometime later spewing crazy nonsense (Q is a secret operative within the government who can read the secret messages Trump is blinking to us) or worse killing a bunch of people before (usually) killing themselves.

It’s a problem we’re going to have to actually tackle at some point, but our media and politicians seem to be interested in everything but.