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Interview with the Argentinian Hikikomori, Marco Antonio : Round 3, "What Hikikomori Can Expect from the Government"

How does the hikikomori of a country that is not rich in economics think about support by the government? And what are his concerns about the future?

The Encounter by a French Journalist with Japanese Hikikomoris

How a Western journalist looked at the nowadays "active" hikikomori? Written by a correspondant from France24; Constantin Simon. The encounter of different cultures.

Interview with the Argentinian Hikikomori, Marco Antonio : Round 2, "Even Without Knowing the Word 'Hikikomori'..."

The same thing is happening at school anywhere in this world. I always watch it in the news. A teacher in a position to stop bullying does nothing or cannot...

Hikikomori's Way Of Being: What Taiwanese Film Maker, Lu Te-Hsing Finds in Hikikomori : Round 5

If you are a hikikomori today, is that the best way for you to be? From the experience of reclusing himself for 30 years, Japanese hikikomori Vosot Ikeida talks with Taiwanese filmmaker Lu Te-Hsing.

Interview with the Argentinian Hikikomori, Marco Antonio : Round 1, "Thousands of Hikikomori would be in Spanish Speaking Countries"

The people at the outside are arrogant. They consider themselves to be the best at everything without any actual proof. In such a country, if you fail at something, you will be despised as a loser forever. They will keep on saying horrible…

Technology vs Hikikomori : What Taiwanese Film Maker, Lu Te-Hsing Finds In Hikikomori : Round 4

From virtual reality to universal basic income, is technology a new exit or poison for hikikomori? Speculating the near future, Taiwanese filmmaker talks about the influence of technology with Japanese hikikomori Vosot Ikeida.

The Odyssey of a Hikikomori, Round 4 : Can't Make a Call for Hotel Reservation - Looking for a Place to Die

After graduation of university, I won't have any social status. It means I must not live in this society. I have to die. If you try suicide, never fail. What is the perfect method? ...Then I found a manual which told "Reserve the expensive…

The Stereotype of Hikikomori? What Taiwanese Film Maker, Lu Te-Hsing Finds in Hikikomori Round 3

Are hikikomoris all lazy, not working, and playing games all day long? Seeing through the lens of social stigma, Taiwanese filmmaker talks about the stereotype of hikikomori with Japanese hikikomori Vosot Ikeida.

My Father Didn’t Dream of Hikikomori:American Ex-Hikikomori, Sean C's Story

If you asked my dad today, ‘Is your son a hikikomori?’, he would certainly say no. Superficially speaking, he would be correct. I have technically ‘escaped’ the condition because I managed to go back to school and I do ‘participate’ in soc…

The Odyssey of a Hikikomori, Round 3 : "In the Bubble Economy" - Chased and Pressed by Economic Boom

In 1985, when I started to be a hikikomori at 23 years old, Japan was about to begin to climb up the stairs for the Bubble Boom. But I have no memory that I benefited anything from this energetic era...

Equalization of Hikikomori : What Taiwanese Film-maker Lu Te-Hsing Finds in Hikikomori, Round 2

As some groups of the minority have been on the path of fighting discrimination and equal rights in the United States, will hikikomori eventually acquire an equal position socially with "ordinary people"? From the perspective of an Asian l…

Parents, Family. What They Do with Hikikomori in France? : Interview With French Hikikomori, Guido. Round 5

January 2018 in Japan, a father strangled his 25-year-old son to death. "I was worried about his future". What is hidden behind a relationship between hikikomori and parents? Comparison with the cases in France and Japan.

The Odyssey of a Hikikomori, Round 2 : "The Japanese Hikikomori in 1980's" - Not Allowed to Live on with Doing Nothing?

This is how my hikikomori life started. Got a job. Unofficial contract with a good company. Looked like a smooth start of hopeful life. But my body became unable to move and ....

Last Choice : What Taiwanese Film Maker, Lu Te-Hsing Finds In Hikikomori Round 1

Taiwanese film maker Lu Te-Hsing read an article about hikikomori and got impressed deeply. He came over to Japan and talked with Vosot Ikeida to discuss what a hikikomori is.

The Odyssey of a Hikikomori, Round 1 : "Various Patterns of Hikikomori"

For over 30 years, I have been living the various patterns of hikikomori and I am a hikikomori for now as well. "Hikikomori" is not the stereotyped image of a young boy shutting himself in his dark room, playing the online games all day an…

Psychiatric and Financial Reality, Now and Future : Interview with a French Female Hikikomori, Tellurinenne, Round 5

A human lives contradictions. A hikikomori may be the person who enlarged that part. A normal life, new house, family, job... conceiving a lot of ideas and dreams, she spends all her today again in her room.

Why She Wanted to Enter the Army? Interview with a French Female Hikikomori, Tellurinenne, Round 4

She was a timid hikikomori who could never go out of her room, but she wanted to get out of being a hikikomori. Her choice was to try her chance by entering the army...

The Scary Question a Hikikomori is Afraid of; "What's Your Job?" Round 2

Neighborhood socializing does not exist. They do not come into my life. I do not get into their lives either. I could keep my hikikomori life in such a tranquil circumstance. People often talk about "the linking of local community" as if i…

"Afraid of Adults": Interview with a French Female Hikikomori, Tellurinenne, Round 3

Did she have nothing else to become a hikikomori while demonstrating dazzling talent in paintings and photographs? Terrienne, who grew up with being accused by her father and high school teacher, would eventually stop studying because of "…

"What is Your Job?" - A Fundamental issue of Social Life of Hikikomori

"I am physically alright. No problem to go out. But I do have a problem to go out. I am afraid to be asked 'What's Your Job?'"...Vosot Ikeida is getting into the core of the fundamental issue for the social life of hikikomori.

Interview with a French Hikikomori; Tellurienne, Round 2 "The Childhood"

Few memories of a girl. The meeting with the otaku culture. Take her to the bar with her mother. Educational pressure. Bullying at school ... After a few months, the girl started smoking and drawing violent and morbid pictures one after th…

Sicilia-Tokyo Dialogue over Hikikomori Round 2: "Persons Who Becomes a Hikikomori and Who Doesn't"

What is the difference between the person who becomes a hikikomori and who does not? How can a person who is not a hikikomori create a human relationship with a hikikomori? The dialogue between a 16 year-old girl and a 55 year-old hikikomo…

Interview with a French Female Hikikomori; Tellurienne, Round 1 "Not My Choice To Be a Hikikomori"

"The Town I lived, Aubervilliers", Photo by Tellurienne Interviewed & Edited by Vosot Ikeida <Profile of Interlocutors> Vosot Ikeida : A Japanese male hikikomori. 55 Years Old.Tellurienne : A French female hikikomori. 38 Years Old. Everything is too late? Tellurien</profile>…

Interview with a French Hikikomori, Guido. Round 4 "Did He Become a Hikikomori with Conviction?"

Finishing 3 Rounds of Interview with the French hikikomori, Guido, we received a comment from a reader, "But Guido has become a hikikomori with Conviction." I felt a light incongruity, and went back to Guido to discuss about this point, be…

Sicilia-Tokyo Dialogue over Hikikomori Round 1

16 y.o. high school girl in Sicily, Italy, Mariateresa and an aged tojisha of hikikomori, Vosot Ikeida talks over the internet. How is the situation of hikikomori in Italy? Round 1 of the new series.

Interview with a French hikikomori, Guido. Round 3 "Leave Me Alone. I Love Being a Hikikomori!"

Why has he become a hikikomori? - The French hikikomori, Guido looks back his life so far. School, local community, and trauma... The hikikomori-journalist, Vosot Ikeida listens to Guido's narrative full of details.

Interview with a French hikikomori, Guido. Round 2 "Can a Hikikomori be Reintegrated to the Society?"

22-year-old French Hikikomori, Guido, talks about his attraction to Japan, his relationship with parents, and the social support he had actually experienced. How much effective is the social support to try "to reintegrate" a hikikomori to …

Interview with a French hikikomori, Guido.  Round 1  "Even a Hikikomori Can Have Love Life!"

A Japanese hikikomori interviews a French hikikomori. Both don't go out of the rooms but exchange their situation by the internet.