We recently published an article regarding Japanese hikikomori – literally shut-ins or hermits – people who would rather withdraw from societal interaction for long periods of time and in many cases don’t leave their homes, don’t have jobs, or any meaningful friendships. A Japanese man was recently investigated by Osaka police because he had claimed that he was a hikikomori – and he had been living with his father’s dead corpse for almost two weeks before he contacted the authorities.
A 34-year-old unemployed man living in a single room residence in the city contacted the police on December 12, and stated matter-of-factly – “My father is dead.” It turns out that the man had been living with his father because of the father’s poor health. Upon investigation, the local police found the body of the 68-year-old father – a certain Mr. Nakao – lying on a Japanese style bed within the residence. The body had no signs of any external injuries so the man explained what had happened to his father. He said that after waking up on December 1, he noticed that his father wasn’t breathing. He explained, “I didn’t notify the police because I’m a hikikomori.” Rather than contact the outside world, the man lived with the body of his father in his one room house for almost two weeks. Authorities are now investigating the cause of death and have started preliminary measures on whether to charge the man for abandonment of a body.
Recently, a group of Japanese citizens who are “suffering” from this condition have started up “Hikikomori University.” As the name suggests, these are group sessions started by hikikomori as a way to stimulate interaction and share their issues and difficulties with other people are experiencing the same thing. Hikikomori teachers conducted the sessions to fellow hikikomori students in the said “university”.
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