Half a million young people in Japan barely leave their homes

'They want to go out in the world, they want to make friends or lovers, but they can't'

More than half a million young people in Japan have shunned society and chosen to live isolated lives, according to a survey released by the government.

The phenomenon, called “hikikomori”, is defined by the Japanese Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry as people who have stayed in their home for six months or more without going to school, work or venturing out to socialise.

The survey found that 541,000 15 to 39-year-olds were living in isolation. The figure is actually lower than was estimated in the 2010 cabinet office survey, when 696,000 were thought to be suffering from hikikomori.................Read more




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