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The world’s second-wealthiest country, Japan once seemed poised to overtake America. But its failure to recover from the economic collapse of the early 1990s was unprecedented, and today it confronts an array of disturbing social trends. Japan has the highest suicide rate and lowest birthrate of all industrialized countries, and a rising incidence of untreated cases of depression. Equally as troubling are the more than one million young men who shut themselves in their rooms, withdrawing from…

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The Mystery of the Missing Million(2002) – In Japan, a million young men have shut the door on real life. Almost one man in ten in his late teens and early twenties is refusing to leave his home – many do not leave their bedrooms for years on end. (BBC)(r/Documentaries)

I’m sure it’s mentioned in the video, but for those of you who are curious, the Japanese have a term for these people: hikikomori. Say what you want about their financial situation and/or lack of parenting, but the problem is a nationwide issue and much more significant than “kids being kids.”

Someone also asked how things are now. Not specifically related to hikikomori, but this article is a few years old and does a good job of summarizing the grim outlook for young people in Japan. Tl;dr salarymen culture + women more interested in careers + video games + declining national economic prosperity = less sex.

That being said, Japan is one of my favorite countries. Been twice in the last five years. I know it will bounce back.

EDIT: grammar

EDIT2: Since this comment is doing well, here are some links. Icyc, I’m a high school teacher who had a student dealing with a similar (albeit Americanized) situation. Got sucked in to reading about it.

*http://www.nytimes.com/2006/01/15/magazine/shutting-themselves-in.html

*http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01bdmw7

*http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-23255526

*https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wsGeXdc6nAQ

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

*http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2013/06/24/last-call-3

*http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X82pqL-gEnQ

*http://www.popsci.com/science/article/2013-07/fyi-what-hikikomori

*https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=50Y7R5zP0wc

*https://www.amazon.com/Shutting-Out-Sun-Generation-Departures-ebook/dp/B0028MBKKM%3FSubscriptionId%3DAKIAILOJ2MMXGMT5EG6A%26tag%3D19-45-20%26linkCode%3Dxm2%26camp%3D2025%26creative%3D165953%26creativeASIN%3DB0028MBKKM

*https://www.theguardian.com/world/2012/jul/17/growing-band-young-people-reclusive-life

*http://isp.sagepub.com/content/56/2/178

*http://repository.hkbu.edu.hk/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1001&context=sowk_ja

*http://m.isp.sagepub.com/content/59/1/73.short

*http://hikikomori.fr/2013/12/12/phd-dissertation-social-withdrawal-in-japan-tajan-2014/

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